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

  • n. A reddish-blue percoid marine food fish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps) of deep Atlantic waters, having a fleshy flap on the nape and small yellow spots on the upper sides and fins.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Mostly small, perciform marine fish in the family Malacanthidae; an important food fish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large, edible, deep-water food fish (Lopholatilus chamæleonticeps) more or less thickly covered with large, round, yellow spots.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In 1882 vessels arriving at New York and Boston reported having sailed through miles of dead and dying tile-fish. For several years following no tile-fish were taken, and the species was supposed to have become extinct. It was not until 1892 that the United States Fish Commission steamer Grampus captured a few. Since that time more have been taken each year, and the fish appears now to have thoroughly reestablished itself and may become an important food-fish. The tile-fish reaches a le'ngth of three feet and inhabits depths of from 70 to 80 fathoms at the edge of the Gulf Stream.
  • n. A fish of the family Latilidæ, specifically Lopholatilus chamæleonticeps.
  • n. The family Latilidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. important marine food fishes
  • n. yellow-spotted violet food fish of warm deep waters


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

tile- (short for New Latin Lopholatilus, genus name : Greek lophos, crest, fin + New Latin latilus, diminutive of latus, a kind of perch, from Greek latos) + fish.


  • The tilefish was a perfect expression of umami, had I not seen it prepared I would have sworn it was butter-poached.


  • Suggested changes in fisheries management intended to reduce bycatch of sea turtles in the long-line fishery by pushing the fleet further offshore would increase the fishing pressure on red grouper and other ecosystem engineers, such as tilefish, found at greater depths, contends Coleman.

    R&D Mag - News

  • There are simply four exotic species for this special population to avoid: shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish.

    Jennifer McGuire: Why You Should Eat Fish

  • • Some fatty fish, including wild swordfish, tilefish, and shark, contain high levels of toxins, including mercury and PCBs.

    The Small Change Diet

  • Officials recommend against shark, swordfish, tilefish and king mackerel.

    Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.: Raw Deal? Slicing and Dicing Safe Sushi Eating in the U.S.

  • For omega-3s, eat avocados, walnuts, and about twelve ounces of fish per week, avoiding big fish like shark, mackerel, tuna, and tilefish as you did while you were pregnant and opting instead for safe fish like wild salmon and shrimp.

    The Mommy Diet

  • Also, women should avoid fish species known to contain excessive mercury, including swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel and shark, Ward says.

    How to feed your baby right, even before birth

  • Mr. Flynn said he is seeing highly edible species such as golden tilefish, tripletail and escolar entering menus more often.

    The New School

  • In a graphic accompanying a Saturday Off Duty article about unusual fish being introduced on restaurant menus, the captions identifying the cobia and the golden tilefish were incorrectly transposed.


  • The agency warns, however, that pregnant and breast-feeding women shouldn't eat swordfish, tilefish, shark, or king mackerel and should limit consumption of white, albacore tuna, a commonly canned variety.

    The Slippery Business of Picking Fish


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