One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long, slender bottom-dwelling fish of warm seas.
Several species in the family Malacanthidae (or Branchiostegidae), in particular the large and edible Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps of the Atlantic coast of North America
- ‘The results also showed that species that were not targeted in the 70s, such as parrotfish, whitefish, spotted snapper, tilefish and creolefish, have now become common catches.’
- ‘This happened only a few years after the tilefish had been ‘discovered’, and had won almost instant approval as a table fish, in the 1870s.’
- ‘News is like the tilefish which appears in great schools off the Atlantic Coast some years and then vanishes, no one knows whither or for how long.’
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