tilapia

noun
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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tilapia.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of tilapia

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tilapia

New Latin, genus name

Learn More About tilapia

Time Traveler for tilapia

Time Traveler

The first known use of tilapia was in 1849

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near tilapia

tilak

tilapia

tilasite

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for tilapia

Cite this Entry

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

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on tilapia

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about tilapia

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!