tilefish


tile·fish

noun \ˈtī(-ə)l-ˌfish\

Definition of TILEFISH

:  any of various marine bony fishes (family Malacanthidae) used as food; especially :  a large fish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps) of deep waters of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico with a fleshy appendage on the head and yellow spots on the upper body and some of its fins

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Origin of TILEFISH

tile- modification of New Latin Lopholatilus
First Known Use: 1881

tilefish

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of 24 species (family Branchiostegidae, or Malacanthidae) of slender marine fishes found in shallow tropical and warm temperate seas. Tilefish are used as food, especially the large Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps, a deepwater fish of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico with a fleshy appendage on the head and yellow spots on its upper body and some of its fins. Tilefish have a large oblique mouth with strong canines and one rather long dorsal fin with weak spines.

Variants of TILEFISH

tilefish or blanquillo

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