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 Dinners come with a generous portion of slaw, bread and spaghetti or mac and cheese and choice of ocean perch, tilapia or catfish. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Greater Cleveland fish fry guide 2021: What’s offered 2nd week of Lent," 26 Feb. 2021 Van Zee added the game wardens at Lake Falcon in South Texas scooped up numerous tilapia that perished in the cold. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "How did Texas’ fisheries, wildlife and habitats hold up in winter storms? Early reports aren’t so encouraging," 26 Feb. 2021 Rising costs are helping push up wholesale prices for some products, such as frozen tilapia, according to data from market-research firm Urner Barry. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "U.S. Seafood Suppliers Face Trouble for Lent," 25 Feb. 2021 The tilapia in the fish tanks produce waste, which is transferred into a separate tank where the ammonia builds up to create the fertilizer. Rick Menning, sun-sentinel.com, "Aquaponics program aims to provide food for families in need," 31 Dec. 2020 And our feed yielded a higher level of a key fatty acid that is important for human health, DHA omega-3, in the resulting tilapia fillets. Pallab Sarker, The Conversation, "Taking fish out of fish feed can make aquaculture a more sustainable food source," 14 Dec. 2020 Add tilapia and saute 3 minutes for a 1/2-inch fillet. Linda Gassenheimer, chicagotribune.com, "Quick Fix: Sweet and Sour Glazed Tilapia with Basmati Rice," 8 Dec. 2020 Male tilapia, for example, can grow significantly faster than females. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "New genetic tools will deliver improved farmed fish, oysters, and shrimp. Here’s what to expect," 19 Nov. 2020 The utility used tilapia fish instead of chemicals this year to remove algae from the lake. Karen Caffarini, chicagotribune.com, "Merrillville to begin $1.3M flooding project," 6 Nov. 2020

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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 6 Mar. 2021.

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