platy

1 of 2

adjective

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

platy

2 of 2

noun

variants or less commonly platyfish
plural platy or platys or platies also platyfish or platyfishes
: 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

Word History

Etymology

Noun

New Latin Platypoecilus, former genus name of the fish

First Known Use

Adjective

1539, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of platy was in 1539

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Cite this Entry

“Platy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/platy. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

platy

noun

ˈplat-ē
plural platy or platys or platies
: either of two small freshwater fish that are often kept in tropical aquariums and are noted for their varied and brilliant colors

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