Tilapia meaning

tə-läpē-ə, -lā-
A taxonomic genus within the family Cichlidae "” the tilapia fish.
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Any of various cichlid fishes of the genera Tilapia, Oreochromis, and Sarotherodon, native to Africa and the Middle East and raised for food in many parts of the world.
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Any of a genus (Tilapia) of African cichlid fishes, often introduced into lakes or rivers because they are valuable food fishes that control the growth of algae.
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Any of various edible fish, of the genus Tilapia, native to Africa and the Middle East but naturalized worldwide.
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Origin of tilapia

  • New Latin Tilapia genus name from Tswana tlhapi fish

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Modern Latin from the genus Tilapia. A latinization of the Tswana word tlhapi (“fish").

    From Wiktionary

  • New Latin, from Tswana thiape (“fish")

    From Wiktionary