guppy

[guhp-ee]
noun, plural guppies.
a small, freshwater topminnow, Poecilia reticulata, often kept in aquariums.
Also called rainbow fish.


Origin:
named after R.J.L. Guppy (1836–1916) of Trinidad, who presented specimens to the British Museum; catalogued under the Neo-Latin name Gerardinus guppyi in 1866

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guppy (ˈɡʌpɪ)
 
n , pl -pies
a small brightly coloured freshwater viviparous cyprinodont fish, Lebistes reticulatus, of N South America and the Caribbean: a popular aquarium fish
 
[C20: named after R. J. L. Guppy, 19th-century clergyman of Trinidad who first presented specimens to the British Museum]

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guppy
1925, named for R.J.L. Guppy, Trinidad clergyman who supplied the first specimen (1866) to the British Museum. The family name is from a place in Dorset. The class of streamlined U.S. submarines (1948) is an acronym from greater underwater propulsion power + -y.
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guppy definition


  1. n.
    a gay yuppy. : They called themselves guppies, because they were young and urban and gay.
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Example sentences
The intervention of humans into this situation is about as needed as a guppy needing a bicycle.
In their quest for mates, some guppy males are show-offs.
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