I. adjective Date: 1533 resembling a plate; also consisting of plates or flaky layers — used chiefly of soil or mineral formations II. noun (plural platy or platys or platies) Etymology: New Latin Platypoecilus, former genus name of the fish Date: 1931 either of two tropical American freshwater live-bearers (Xiphophorus maculatus and X. variatus) that have a highly variable often brilliant color and are popular aquarium fishes — called also platy•fish

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  • platy — platy1 [plāt′ē] adj. Geol. composed of plates, sheets, or slabs, as certain sandstones or limestones platy2 [plat′ē] n. pl. platy, platys, platies [clipped < ModL Platypoecilus, a genus of fishes < PLATY + Gr poikilos, many colored] any of… …   English World dictionary

  • Platy- — Plat y A combining form from Gr. platy s broad, wide, flat; as, platypus, platycephalous. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • platy- — [plat′ə] [< Gr platys, broad, flat < IE * plat , var. of base * plā > PLAIN1] combining form broad or flat [platyhelminth] …   English World dictionary

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