Tilapia Definition

tə-läpē-ə, -lā-
noun
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.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
  • genus Tilapia
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pronoun

A taxonomic genus within the family Cichlidae "” the tilapia fish.

Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Tilapia

Noun

Singular:
tilapia
Plural:
tilapias

Origin of Tilapia

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

    From Wiktionary

  • New Latin Tilapia genus name from Tswana tlhapi fish

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

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

    From Wiktionary

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