Guppy meaning

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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.
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A brightly colored livebearer (Poecilia reticulata) native to Barbados, Trinidad, and Venezuela.
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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.

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(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.
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By extension, any tiny fish.

Throw that one back; it’s just a guppy!

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Origin of guppy

  • After R.J. Lechmere Guppy (1836–1916), clergyman of Trinidad who first supplied specimens to the British Museum

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From a name mistakenly assigned, Girardinus guppii, after biologist Robert J. L. Guppy, to previously assigned Poecilia reticulata

    From Wiktionary