Definition of hilsa in English:

hilsa

Pronunciation /ˈhilsə/ /ˈhɪlsə/

nounhilsa, hilsas

  • A herring-like fish of rivers and coastal waters around South Asia and parts of the Middle East, which is commercially important as a food fish.

    Tenualosa ilisha, family Clupeidae

Origin

Early 19th century from Bengali hilsā.