tilapia

noun ti·la·pia \ tə-ˈlä-pē-ə , -ˈlā- \

Definition of tilapia

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

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Origin and Etymology of tilapia

New Latin, genus name


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