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[tahyl-fish] /ˈtaɪlˌfɪʃ/
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.
Origin of tilefish
1880-85, Americanism; tile + fish Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tilefish
  • Extensive burrowing by golden tilefish, a commercially valuable fish typically found in submarine canyons, was also observed.
  • We were unable to find the seeps, but came upon an equally interesting array of tilefish burrows.
  • Fishing vessels having snowy grouper or tilefish will often have lesser amberjacks not banded rudderfish.
British Dictionary definitions for tilefish


noun (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
Word Origin
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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