\ ˈplā-tē How to pronounce platy (audio) \

Definition of platy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


\ ˈpla-tē How to pronounce platy (audio) \
variants: or less commonly platyfish \ ˈpla-​tē-​ˌfish How to pronounce platyfish (audio) \
plural platy or platys or platies also platyfish or platyfishes

Definition of platy (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

Examples of platy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The biggest platy in the game early was Shawn Williams' interception at the goal line late in the first quarter. John Fay,, "Cincinnati Bengals had a chance, but the losing streak goes to a team-record 11 games," 24 Nov. 2019 Most lizards tend to have one or two different kinds of osteoderm shapes inside their bodies, but komodos boast four: rosette, platy, dendritic, and vermiform. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "The New Godzilla Film Looks Great," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of platy


1539, in the meaning defined above


1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for platy


New Latin Platypoecilus, former genus name of the fish

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“Platy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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