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plat·y 1

 (plā′tē)
adj. plat·i·er, plat·i·est
Designating soil or minerals occurring in flaky layers.

plat·y 2

 (plăt′ē)
n. pl. plat·ies or plat·ys
Any of various small freshwater live-bearing fishes of the genus Xiphophorus of Mexico and Central America, popular in home aquariums for their bright colors. Also called platyfish.

[Short for New Latin Platypoecilus, former genus name : platy- + Greek poikilos, many-colored; see poikilotherm.]

platy

(ˈpleɪtɪ)
adj, platier or platiest
(Geological Science) of, relating to, or designating rocks the constituents of which occur in flaky layers: platy fracture.
[C19: from plate + -y1]

platy

(ˈplætɪ)
n, pl platy, platys or platies
(Animals) any of various small brightly coloured freshwater cyprinodont fishes of the Central American genus Xiphophorus, esp X. maculatus
[C20: shortened from New Latin Platypoecilus former genus name, from platy- + -poecilus, from Greek poikilos spotted]

plat•y1

(ˈpleɪ ti)

adj. plat•i•er, plat•i•est.
(of an igneous rock) split into thin, flat sheets, often resembling strata, as a result of uneven cooling.
[1800–10]

plat•y2

(ˈplæt i)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) plat•y, (esp. for kinds or species) plat•ys, plat•ies.
[1930–35; by shortening of New Latin Platypoecilus genus name =platy- platy- + -poecilus < Greek poikílos mottled]

platy-

a combining form meaning “flat,” “broad”: platyhelminth.
[comb. form representing Greek platýs; see flat1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.platy - small stocky Mexican fishplaty - small stocky Mexican fish; popular aquarium fish
live-bearer, poeciliid, poeciliid fish, topminnow - small usually brightly-colored viviparous surface-feeding fishes of fresh or brackish warm waters; often used in mosquito control
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