• WordNet 3.6
    • n tilefish yellow-spotted violet food fish of warm deep waters
    • n tilefish important marine food fishes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tilefish (Zoöl) A large, edible, deep-water food fish (Lopholatilus chamæleonticeps) more or less thickly covered with large, round, yellow spots.☞ It was discovered off the Eastern coast of the United States in 1880, and was abundant in 1881, but is believed to have become extinct in 1882.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tilefish 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 tilefish A fish of the family Latilidæ, specifically Lopholatilus chamæleonticeps. This is a fine large fish of brilliant coloration, at one time abundant in deep water off the coast of New England. It was discovered in 1879, and then found to exist in great numbers, but was almost or quite exterminated in March, 1882. It has an adipose crest on the back of the head, recalling the crest of a chameleon. The average weight is about 10 pounds, but 50 pounds is sometimes attained. The flesh is excellent. The name tile-fish, given by the discoverers, Goode and Bean (1879), is a pun on the generic word Lopholatilus, suggested by the appearance of tile-painting which this handsome fish presents.
    • n tilefish The family Latilidæ.
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Feller 's gang next decided to take him offshore for tilefish.
Thing didn't look that promising during the early going of this trip, then the tilefish turned on and huge catches up to about 16 pounds began showing up.
Feller landed a citation 10 pound, 7 ounce blueline tilefish.
Some tilefish were also boated.