Geol. composed of plates, sheets, or slabs, as certain sandstones or limestones
pl. plat′y, plat′ys, plat′ies
any of various brightly colored livebearers (genus Xiphophorus) native to Central America
Origin of platyclipped ; from Modern Latin Platypoecilus, a genus of fishes ; from platy- + Classical Greek poikilos, many-colored
broad or flat: platyhelminth
Origin of platy-; from Classical Greek platys, broad, flat ; from Indo-European an unverified form plat-, variant, variety of base an unverified form pl?- from source plain
Designating soil or minerals occurring in flaky layers.
nounpl. 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.
Origin of platyShort for New Latin Platypoecilus, former genus name : platy– + Greek poikilos, many-colored; see poikilotherm.
Origin of platy-Greek platu-, from platus; see plat- in Indo-European roots.
plate + -y
(plural platys or platies or platy)
- A tropical fish of the genus Xiphophorus (also including the swordtails.)
- I had a mixed community aquarium with several tetras, two mollies, some corydoras catfish, and a platy from a previous tank.
From Ancient Greek Ï€Î»Î±Ï„ÏÏ‚ (platus, “flat")