Tilefish meaning

tīl'fĭsh'
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.
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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.
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Mostly small, perciform marine fish in the family Malacanthidae; an important food fish.
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Origin of tilefish

  • tile- (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
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • tile +"Ž fish
    From Wiktionary