Definition of platyfish in English:

platyfish

Syllabification: plat·y·fish
Pronunciation: /ˈplatēˌfiSH
 
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noun (plural same or platyfishes)

  • A small livebearing freshwater fish of Mexico and Central America, popular in aquariums.
    • Genus Xiphophorus, family Poeciliidae: several species, in particular X. maculatus, which has been bred in a wide variety of colors
    More example sentences
    • Examples include the jewelfish and spotted tilapia; and livebearers, such as swordtails, platies and mollies, and armored catfishes.
    • He's lived happily for the past four months with a platy and two neon tetras in a five gallon aquarium.
    • Prompted by my concern for Linda's ‘tough-love’ hardened goldfish and platies, I was given Nigel as an outlet for my protective zeal.

Origin

early 20th century: colloquial abbreviation of modern Latin Platypoecilus (former genus name), from Greek platus 'broad' + poikilos 'variegated'.

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