/play"tee/, adj., platier, platiest.
(of an igneous rock) split into thin, flat sheets, often resembling strata, as a result of uneven cooling.
[1525-35; PLATE1 + -Y1]
/plat"ee/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) platy, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) platys, platies.
[1930-35; by shortening of NL Platypoecilus genus name, equiv. to platy- PLATY- + -poecilus < Gk poikílos mottled]

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      (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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