a small, freshwater fish (Poecilia reticulata), a livebearer native to Barbados, Trinidad, and Venezuela: it is often kept in aquariums because of its brilliant coloring
Origin of guppyafter R. J. L. Guppy, of Trinidad, who first provided specimens for the British Museum
A small live-bearing freshwater fish (Poecilia reticulata), native to northern South America and adjacent islands of the West Indies, bred in many colorful varieties and popular in home aquariums.
Origin of guppyAfter R.J. Lechmere Guppy, (1836–1916), clergyman of Trinidad who first supplied specimens to the British Museum.
red fire guppy
- A tiny freshwater fish, Poecilia reticulata, popular in home aquariums, that usually has a plain body and black or dark blue tail for the females and a more colorful tail for the males.
- Fred kept a tank of guppies by the windowsill.
- By extension, any tiny fish.
- Throw that one back; it’s just a guppy!
- (paintball) A tube holding paintballs before they are loaded into the gun.
- 2001, John R. Little, Curtis Wong, Ultimate Paintball Field Guide (page 177)
- I reached into my pack and grabbed a guppy to reload. Pouring in the contents, I kept my eyes ahead as I was supposed to do.
From a name mistakenly assigned, Girardinus guppii, after biologist Robert J. L. Guppy, to previously assigned Poecilia reticulata