ti·​la·​pia | \ tə-ˈlä-pē-ə, -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

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The bear was taken to the California Fish and Wildlife's lab in Rancho Cordova, where video shows sterilized tilapia skins were placed on its injured paws. Fox News, "Bear cub burned in California wildfire gets 'fish-skin'," 10 Aug. 2018 David Mann, a 35-year-old visitor from Colorado, caught eight fish including triggerfish, sea bass, tilapia and rockfish on a four-hour April trip. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Beyond the beach in Rocky Point, Mexico: 6 things to do in Puerto Penasco," 25 June 2018 Fans of tilapia, mussels, catfish, cod and roe will likely have to fork out more, as well as those who snack on almonds and macadamia nuts. Daniela Wei, The Seattle Times, "Winners and losers from Trump’s tariffs," 18 Sep. 2018 Try their Ceviche del Día with tilapia, red onion, tomato, jalapeño and cilantro in a fresh citrus marinade ($10). Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Scoop ceviche at these 5 Chicago restaurants," 4 May 2017 His chef has also created a special entree — seafood pasta which includes tilapia, shrimp, calamari sautéed with garlic and white wine and served over linguini with alfredo or marina sauce. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Docks Bar and Grill in Wauconda," 6 July 2018 Kitchen specials range from $15.95 (pollo en rajas) and $18.95 (banana tilapia) to $29.95 (moleajete bowl). Donald Liebenson, Lake County News-Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Casa Bonita in Libertyville," 8 July 2018 Bake tilapia for 10-12 minutes or until fish is fork tender. Orthocincy, Cincinnati.com, "Stay healthy: Garlicky lemon baked tilapia recipe," 19 June 2018 Knives and forks and other essentials would be taxed, while Chinese tilapia — a popular item sold by Walmart Inc. and other retailers — is among the seafood on the list. Bruce Einhorn, latimes.com, "Trump's trade war is about to hit home — and your home is no exception," 11 July 2018

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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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