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plat·y 1

adj. plat·i·er, plat·i·est
Designating soil or minerals occurring in flaky layers.

plat·y 2

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.]


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]


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]


(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.


(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]


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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The smooth, platy borosilicate substrate allows excellent color travel as the viewing angle changes, and the additional metallic effect provides an absorption color effect to the pigment.
annulatum was most common in shallow-water environments close to the fair wave base, but occasionally it occurs in deeper-water carbonate facies (cephalopod limestone biofacies, platy limestone with common trilobites) or even off-shore shales.
The pyrophyllite product is described as a natural blend of talc-like platy particles and irregular, blocky particle shapes.
As the aspect ratio of primarily the extender increases from a sphere, ratio of 1, to platy talc with its ratio of 40, the viscosity will increase significantly at the same volume fraction.
This has already been drained by membrane filter presses to approximately 25% dry matter content and is present as platy filter cake before.
It is said to offer a natural blend of talc-like platy particles and irregular, blocky particle shapes to provide optimal film blocking, clarity, film strength, barrier resistance, and improved thermal conductivity.
The existence of platy structure with planar porosity in soils under continuous NT has been reported (De Battista et al.
It was noticed that the MMT (bright dots with platy shape) and the PS (bright dots with round shape) particles were separately dispersed in the matrix [Fig.
The mineral morphology in samples was platy before calcination and equilateral after calcination with individual particles in the nanometer range (Fig.
If it was lava, the behavior would be pretty similar to lava on Earth, which often has a broken, platy crust on top that shows how it flowed before cooling and solidifying.
Halloysite, a 1:1 clay mineral chemically similar to kaolinite except in its higher hydrated water content shows tubular morphology but also spherical, platy and semi rolled forms.