ti·​la·​pia | \ tə-ˈlä-pē-ə How to pronounce tilapia (audio) , -ˈlā- \
plural tilapia also tilapias

Definition of tilapia

: any of numerous chiefly African freshwater cichlid fishes (genera Oreochromis, Tilapia, and Sarotherodon) often raised for food

Examples of tilapia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Choose from cod, tilapia, shrimp or fish logs dinner. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 1 Mar. 2022 Also for those who don't want fried, there is grilled salmon and tilapia. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 28 Feb. 2022 Residents soon will harvest tilapia in their aquaponic farm. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 The only fish in the Salton Sea today are inch-long desert pupfish and hybrid tilapia. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 28 Nov. 2021 Invasive species pose another threat, such as catfish or tilapia in the Western Ghats and the American red swamp crayfish in Europe, which have invaded wells and caves. James Gaines, Wired, 12 Feb. 2022 The only fish in the Salton Sea today are inch-long desert pupfish and hybrid tilapia. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 28 Nov. 2021 The warden found an ice chest with six tilapia, one black bass and a cast net. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Dec. 2021 For example, Blue Ridge Aquaculture—the world’s largest RAS tilapia farm, located in Virginia—produces less than 10 percent of the quantity of fish Nordic expects to produce in Maine. Laura Poppick, Scientific American, 17 Sep. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of tilapia

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tilapia

New Latin, genus name

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“Tilapia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tilapia. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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