tile fish


noun, plural (especially collectively) tilefish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) tilefishes.
a large, brilliantly colored food fish, Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps, of deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
any of several related fishes of the family Branchiostegidae.

1880–85, Americanism; tile + fish

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tilefish (ˈtaɪlˌfɪʃ)
n , pl -fish, -fishes
a large brightly coloured deep-sea percoid food fish, Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps, of warm and tropical seas, esp the North American coast of the Atlantic: family Branchiostegidae
[C19: from New Latin -tilus, ending of genus name Lopholatilus; perhaps also from a resemblance between its colours and patterning and ornamental tiles]

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