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Line breaks: til|apia
Pronunciation: /tɪˈleɪpɪə
, -ˈlap-/

Definition of tilapia in English:


An African freshwater cichlid fish that has been widely introduced to many areas for food, such as St Peter’s fish.
Example sentences
  • In Namibia two types of fresh water fish, the tilapia and catfish are farmed.
  • Hot off the grill, the tilapia was a whole fish, plump and meaty and perfectly cooked.
  • Cheap tilapia is substituted for expensive swordfish, without warning.


modern Latin, of unknown origin.

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