nounpl. (see fish) -·fish·, -·fish·es
any of a family (Malacanthidae) of percoid fishes that live in the deep waters of the sea, including some large food fishes; esp., a W Atlantic fish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps) with a golden-spotted blue or purple body, yellow-spotted fins, and a fleshy crest on the head
Origin of tilefishfrom Modern Latin (Lophola)til(us) + fish
nounpl. tilefish, or tile·fish·es
Any of various chiefly marine fishes of the family Malacanthidae, especially Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps, a reddish-blue food fish of deep Atlantic waters, having a fleshy flap on the nape and small yellow spots on the upper sides and fins.
Origin of tilefishtile- ( short for New Latin Lopholatilus genus name ) (Greek lophos crest, fin ) (New Latin latilus ) ( diminutive of latus a kind of perch ) ( from Greek latos ) fish
(plural tilefish or tilefishes)