platy


1platy

adjective \ˈplā-tē\

Definition of PLATY

:  resembling a plate; also :  consisting of plates or flaky layers —used chiefly of soil or mineral formations

First Known Use of PLATY

1533

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2platy

noun \ˈpla-tē\
plural platy or plat·ys or plat·ies

Definition of PLATY

:  either of two tropical American freshwater live-bearers (Xiphophorus maculatus and X. variatus) that have a highly variable often brilliant color and are popular aquarium fishes —called also platy*fish, \-ˌfish\

Origin of PLATY

New Latin Platypoecilus, former genus name of the fish
First Known Use: 1931

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