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[plat-ee] /ˈplæt i/
noun, plural (especially collectively) platy (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) platys, platies.
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Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; by shortening of New Latin Platypoecilus genus name, equivalent to platy- platy- + -poecilus < Greek poikílos mottled
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British Dictionary definitions for platies

platy1

/ˈpleɪtɪ/
adjective platier, platiest
1.
of, relating to, or designating rocks the constituents of which occur in flaky layers: platy fracture
Word Origin
C19: from plate + -y1

platy2

/ˈplætɪ/
noun (pl) platy, platys, platies
1.
any of various small brightly coloured freshwater cyprinodont fishes of the Central American genus Xiphophorus, esp X. maculatus
Word Origin
C20: shortened from New Latin Platypoecilus former genus name, from platy- + -poecilus, from Greek poikilos spotted
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platy

(species Xiphophorus maculatus), popular tropical aquarium fish of the live-bearer family, Poeciliidae (order Atheriniformes). The platy is a compact fish, about 5 cm (2 inches) long and extremely variable in colour. It has been bred in many attractive colour varieties, and, like the related swordtail (Xiphophorus helleri) with which it has been crossed, has been used in a variety of genetic and medical studies

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