platy

adjective
\ 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

platy

noun
\ 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

First Known Use of platy

Adjective

1539, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for platy

Noun

New Latin Platypoecilus, former genus name of the fish

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