Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Designating soil or minerals occurring in flaky layers.
  • n. Any of several small freshwater live-bearing fishes of the genus Xiphophorus of southern North America popular in aquariums for their bright and variable colors. Also called platyfish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling plates.
  • adj. Of a field semy of plates.
  • adj. Composed of thin plate-like pieces of igneous rock.
  • n. A tropical fish of the genus Xiphophorus (also including the swordtails.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a plate; consisting of plates.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like a plate; consisting of plates.
  • In geology, made up of thin plates of hard rock, or splitting into such thin plates.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small stocky Mexican fish; popular aquarium fish

Etymologies

Short for New Latin Platypoecilus, former genus name : platy- + Greek poikilos, many-colored.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
plate + -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A live-bearer, it is closely related to the southern platyfish or "platy" (X. maculatus) and can interbreed with it.

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  • Eg How badly do Lampard and Essien have to platy before McEachran and Ramires get a shot in their place or how about trying Boswinga on the wing ahead of Ivanovic or even Bruma in a 4-4-2.

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  • The platy family proved to be excellent hosts, and the travelers spent the most relaxing evening and night in days luxuriating in their hospitality.

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  • The platy put his thumbs through suspenders, nodding downstream.

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  • Do we really think that ambition has no role to platy in politics .... as if Obama ran for President for only selfless reasons?

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  • In the paint industry, ground mica is used as a pigment extender that also facilitates suspension due to its light weight and platy morphology.

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  • They are stable, platy, like to stay suspended and stick to my cars paint.

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  • Owing to the fibrous or platy structure, the floes crack easily, and where the ice is not over thick a ship under steam cuts a passage without much difficulty.

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  • [Updated 2006-06-28] Oh my, I forgot to include the platy-ma-pus -- it tickles me to no end that this funny-looking thing has poisonous spikes!

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