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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various cichlid fishes of the genera Tilapia, Oreochromis, and Sarotherodon, native to Africa and the Middle East and raised for food in many parts of the world.

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  • noun Any of various edible fish, of the genus Tilapia, native to Africa and the Middle East but naturalized worldwide.

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  • noun a genus of Cichlidae

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Tilapia, genus name, from Tswana tlhapi, fish.]

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Modern Latin from the genus Tilapia. A latinization of the Tswana word tlhapi ("fish").

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