Definitions

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

  • n. A small, brightly colored live-bearing freshwater fish (Poecilia reticulata or Lebistes reticulatus), native to northern South America and adjacent islands of the West Indies and popular in home aquariums.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. By extension, any tiny fish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small freshwater fish of South America and West Indies (Lebistes reticulatus or Poecilia reticulata, originaly called Gerardinus guppyi), often kept in aquariums; also called rainbow fish.

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

  • n. small freshwater fish of South America and the West Indies; often kept in aquariums

Etymologies

After R.J. Lechmere Guppy (1836-1916), clergyman of Trinidad who first supplied specimens to the British Museum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a name mistakenly assigned, Girardinus guppii, after biologist Robert J. L. Guppy, to previously assigned Poecilia reticulata (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Jeffcoat said he booked a reservation on the "guppy" - a nickname that refers to the plane's stubby, round profile - when he heard of the retirement.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • A guppy is a small life loving creature with an innocence of a child and a thrill for fun and adventure.

    MMOs

  • A: I found two plants sold as goldfish plants, Columnea sp. and Nemantanthus sp., although the second one is also called the guppy plant.

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  • Dragonflies are born as water-loving nymphs and spend about half a year wolfing down small worms, crustaceans and, eventually, larger prey such as guppy fish.

    Wired Top Stories

  • The aircraft's squat appearance compared with contemporary aircraft at the time resulted in many of United's pilots nicknaming the airplane "guppy".

    HEADLINES

  • (Please note: All expletives in this post have been replaced by the word "guppy".

    TODAYonline

  • The previous post in this blog was And they called it guppy love.

    Stimulus as one-night stand (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Case in point: males of the Mexican guppy Poecilia sphenops seem to get by just fine with a little peach-fuzz on the upper lip.

    Carin Bondar: Excuse Me... I Think You've Got Something Stuck on Your Upper Lip

  • It was kind of ironic, as just last week I was asking Will if he thought Cleaver (our little mosquito-larvae-eatin'-guppy-of-a-fish) could ever get caught in the spout of our water tank that we use for doing laundry.

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  • These protesters look and act like they lack education, the ability to read and most of all, IQ's of a guppy. matt

    Poll: Are town hall protests changing minds?

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