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 Wayne lost a greenhouse, 20,000 plants and all but seven of his 4,000 tilapia. Andrea Sachs, Houston Chronicle, "In the Bahamas, a hard-hit island beckons again," 15 Nov. 2019 The former owners grew greens in addition to operating a tilapia fish farm; all the equipment is still there. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "A plan for Hamm’s: Massive arts and entertainment complex proposed," 26 Oct. 2019 With crispy tilapia, creamy avocado and bright mango salsa wrapped in warm flour tortillas, these tacos from Domesticate Me blogger Serena Wolf deliver contrasting and complimentary tastes and textures guaranteed to excite your palate. Lauren Salkeld, NBC News, "7 new taco recipes to try at home," 24 Sep. 2019 Each model is designed in Paris and produced in Brazil from eco-materials, such as wild rubber from Amazonia, fair-trade cotton, recycled plastic bottles, and upcycled tilapia hides. Lindsey Tramuta, Glamour, "This Meghan Markle-Approved Brand Just Launched a New Sneaker—And It's a Major First," 19 Sep. 2019 Wayne lost a greenhouse, 20,000 plants and all but seven of his 4,000 tilapia. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "After Hurricane Dorian, one Bahama island is ready for the winter rush," 8 Nov. 2019 In addition to the boils, The Seafood King also serves fried seafood baskets including shrimp, tilapia, catfish, and oysters, served with french fries, onion rings, or sweet potato fries. al, "The Seafood King is now open in Hoover," 21 Oct. 2019 Strips of tofu skin, steamed together in the nori, are dead ringers for the fibrous flesh of a tilapia. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Where do you find amazing vegan Vietnamese food in the Bay Area? Look for this Buddhist temple in East Palo Alto," 11 Oct. 2019 Here, though, use catfish, tilapia or any kind of thin white fish fillets. Los Angeles Times, "The Laotian fish curry fit for royalty," 1 Oct. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tilapia. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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