tile·​fish | \ˈtī(-ə)l-ˌfish \

Definition of tilefish 

: any of various marine bony fishes (family Malacanthidae) used as food especially : a large fish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps) of deep waters of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico with a fleshy appendage on the head and yellow spots on the upper body and some of its fins

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Higher-mercury fish include swordfish, king mackerel, marin, orange roughy, and tilefish. Korin Miller, SELF, "Hilary Duff May Have Eaten Sushi While Pregnant and Everyone Needs to Chill Out About It," 13 July 2018 Longline catches of blueline tilefish, a lean and meaty species common in the southeast U.S., had been managed for years by federal regulators with rules that stretched only as far north as Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "Climate Change May Spark Global ‘Fish Wars’," 14 June 2018 Again, due to mercury concerns, pregnant women should not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. Bianca Arney, baltimoresun.com, "Eating fish for your best health," 2 May 2018 However, Shoji cooks for only around 10 groups per month, concocting dishes like an uni tarte and tilefish with white asparagus consommé. Kat Odell, Vogue, "How Chanel Inspired Tokyo’s Most Desired Desserts," 17 May 2018 When there’s tilefish, triggerfish or grunt (bad name for a good fish), who needs flounder? Debbie Moose, charlotteobserver, "NC’s waters offer so much seafood goodness. Open your eyes, and plates, to it. | Charlotte Observer," 3 Apr. 2018 There are so many beautiful fish out there — black sea bass, tilefish, bluefish. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Getting Salty with Leo Keka of Alba and Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar," 26 Mar. 2018 In 2001, the FDA recommended that pregnant women and women who might become pregnant limit their fish intake to 12 ounces a week, and avoid several high-mercury fish, including shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish. Annie Behr, Slate Magazine, "The Scales Have Tipped on Fish and Pregnancy," 20 May 2017 Boats that were deep-dropping were catching tilefish and a few snowy groupers. Steve Waters, Sun-Sentinel.com, "South Florida fishing report: Good snapper bite, but dolphin are small and scattered," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of tilefish

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tilefish

tile- modification of New Latin Lopholatilus

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