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tilapia

[tuh-lah-pee-uh, -ley-] /təˈlɑ pi ə, -ˈleɪ-/
noun
1.
any freshwater cichlid of the genus Tilapia, of African waters: an important food fish.
Origin
< Neo-Latin (1849); ulterior origin uncertain
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tilapia

/tɪˈlæpɪə; -ˈleɪ-/
noun
1.
any mouthbrooding cichlid fish of the African freshwater genus Tilapia: used as food fishes
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin
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Word Origin and History for tilapia
n.

1849, formed in Modern Latin, perhaps from Greek tilon, name of a fish in Aristotle, + apios "distant."

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