gup·​py | \ ˈgə-pē How to pronounce guppy (audio) \
plural guppies

Definition of guppy

: a small bony fish (Poecilia reticulata of the family Poeciliidae) especially of Barbados, Trinidad, and Venezuela that is a live-bearer and is often kept as an aquarium fish

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guppy: 1 female, 2 male

Examples of guppy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In November, Xerox made a guppy-devours-the-whale bid to buy HP, an offer now set at $35 billion. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Inside Xerox’s audacious quest to buy much bigger rival HP," 16 Mar. 2020 Because these consumers -- who can individually bet between $1 million and $20 million over the course of a weekend, according to industry estimates -- often have more impact on the bottom line than a floor full of slot machine-playing guppies. Thomas Hesse, Billboard, "Music's Big Players: One-Fifth of Streamers Drive Majority of Profits & Should Be a New Industry Focus (Op-Ed)," 15 Apr. 2019 Their ability to discriminate numbers is on par with African grey parrots, dolphins and guppies, among others, Howard wrote. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Bees are better at math when they're punished for the wrong answer, a new study finds," 11 Oct. 2019 Decades ago, researchers seeded the headwaters of two streams in the mountainous country with guppies taken from a distant habitat. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Boosting genetic diversity may save vanishing animal populations. But it may also backfire," 16 July 2019 According to the report, NASA also infused moon dust into water for aquatic species like brown and pink shrimp, oysters, as well as guppies and minnows. Matt Mcnulty,, "NASA Fed Moon Dust to Cockroaches to Test for Contamination after the 1969 Lunar Landing," 30 July 2019 Birds were represented by Japanese quail; brown shrimp, pink shrimp and oysters were used to represent shellfish; houseflies and moths joined the cockroaches to represent insects; and guppies and minnows were used to represent fish. Allen Kim, CNN, "NASA fed some of its precious Apollo 11 lunar samples to cockroaches and mice," 29 July 2019 Free of charge, mosquito control workers provide guppies that are placed in small ponds, rain barrels or other contained bodies of water on people's properties. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "With a rainy spring, Marion County had few mosquitoes. That's no longer the case.," 22 July 2019 Adding new blood to small populations really does help, a long-term experimental evolution study of wild guppies in Trinidad has demonstrated, says Brendan Reid, an MSU conservation biologist who works with Fitzpatrick. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Boosting genetic diversity may save vanishing animal populations. But it may also backfire," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of guppy

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for guppy

R. J. L. Guppy †1916 Trinidadian naturalist

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“Guppy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of guppy

: a small tropical fish


gup·​py | \ ˈgə-pē How to pronounce guppy (audio) \
plural guppies

Kids Definition of guppy

: a small tropical fish often kept as an aquarium fish

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