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n. pl. tilefish or tile·fish·es
Any of various chiefly marine fishes of the family Malacanthidae, especially Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps, a reddish-blue food fish of deep Atlantic waters, having a fleshy flap on the nape and small yellow spots on the upper sides and fins.
[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.]
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n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) 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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n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
1. a large, brilliantly colored food fish, Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps, of deep Atlantic waters, having a flap on the head.
2. any of several related fishes.
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