Definition of tilapia in English:

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Pronunciation: /təˈläpēə/


An African freshwater cichlid fish that has been widely introduced to many areas for food.
  • Tilapia and related genera, family Cichlidae: several species.
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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Syllabification: ti·la·pi·a

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