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

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However, the fish kept its common name as guppy until today. Michael Ohl,, "From the Hitler beetle to the Beyoncé fly," 8 Apr. 2018 The Newington Sphinx Shriners darted about in their miniature cars and red fezzes like guppies in a pond. Matthew Ormseth,, "St. Patrick's Day Parade Packs Downtown Day After Facebook Threat," 10 Mar. 2018 But with Freeze, the Rebels would have stood more of a chance than a guppy against a shark. Andrew Astleford, ajc, "The SEC will miss Hugh Freeze when Alabama rolls Ole Miss," 28 Sep. 2017 And of course, the Judases formerly known as the San Diego Chargers, were guppies, or anchovies, or sardines. Nick Canepa,, "Deja Koo: Chargers make themselves at home with another L," 17 Sep. 2017 Girls whiptail from three corners like guppies fighting for the last crumb at the top of a fish tank. Gail Sheehy, Daily Intelligencer, "Wide Open City/Part II: Redpants and Sugarman," 9 Sep. 2017 Researchers have always wondered whether the females had a way to get rid of some of this sperm after mating, similar to methods used by species including scorpionflies and guppies. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Whoa: Polygamous Wolf Spiders Have a Natural Form of Birth Control," 23 Aug. 2017 The names include, among others, Adorable Angel Fish, Giggling Guppies, Jumping Jelly Fish, Smiling Sting Rays and Outstanding Otters. Linda Gandee/special To,, "A new Goddard School is welcomed in Avon Lake," 28 Aug. 2017 The rebranding comes three years after Daddies bought the remnants of the larger company from Foot Locker -- a deal that has been likened to a guppy swallowing a whale. Allan Brettman,, "MAX trains delayed Saturday morning," 29 July 2017

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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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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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