tile·​fish | \ ˈtī(-ə)l-ˌfish How to pronounce tilefish (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web While high levels of PAHs were expected in tilefish, which live in seafloor burrows where oil and PAHs are still found, the levels have been increasing over time. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 20 Apr. 2020 Greg Abrams, owner of Greg Abrams Seafood in Panama City, Fla., said his company also harvests golden tilefish in some of the areas slated for closure. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Nov. 2019 Greg Abrams, owner of Greg Abrams Seafood in Panama City, Florida, said his company also harvests golden tilefish in some of the areas slated for closure. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2019 Today’s first plate featured kawahagi, tilefish, topped with its own liver; toro, ultra-fatty tuna; grilled sawara, Spanish mackerel; and stewed hotari-ika, firefly squid. Tom Downey, WSJ, 4 Dec. 2018 Higher-mercury fish include swordfish, king mackerel, marin, orange roughy, and tilefish. Korin Miller, SELF, 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, 14 June 2018 Again, due to mercury concerns, pregnant women should not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. Bianca Arney, baltimoresun.com, 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, 17 May 2018

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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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“Tilefish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tilefish. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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