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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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Large areas of flat, platy quartz vein float could be indicative of a larger vein system similar to those at the Sarsfield and Nolans deposits at the Ravenswood Gold Mine, ~15km away.
Together they are referred to as HMH, a platy mineral composite that gets its distinctive particle form from the huntite platelets, which are said to offer reinforcement (tensile-strength improvement) not provided by the more spherical ATH particles.
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The dimensions of crushed oil shale particles were measured, and the ratios of length to width, length to thickness and width to thickness showed that the oil shale particles had a clear platy structure.
The ground quartz has a larger particle size, less surface area, and is platy in structure.
In this study, for the first time, effects of live food on platy (Xiphophorus maculatus Gunther, 1866), were investigated by using frozen white worm (Enchytraeus sp.
It is also in the form of platy and flaky grains less than 4mm.
For the platy nodules, finely ground gravels were scanned after saturation with both Mg and K, and after solvation of Mg-saturated samples with ethylene glycol.
Secondary kaolin's platy shape is key to preventing strike-thru of inks, and it also acts as a pigment extender, which helps in terms of developing color strength.