[ pley-tee ]
/ ˈpleɪ ti /
adjective, plat·i·er, plat·i·est.
(of an igneous rock) split into thin, flat sheets, often resembling strata, as a result of uneven cooling.
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[ plat-ee ]
/ ˈplæt i /
noun, plural (especially collectively) plat·y, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) plat·ys, plat·ies.
Origin of platy2
1930–35; by shortening of New Latin Platypoecilus genus name, equivalent to platy-platy- + -poecilus<Greek poikílos mottled
Definition for platy (3 of 3)
a combining form meaning “flat,” “broad,” used in the formation of compound words: platyhelminth.
Also plat- .
Origin of platy-
combining form representing Greek platýs;see flat1
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British Dictionary definitions for platy (1 of 3)
/ (ˈpleɪtɪ) /
adjective platier or platiest
of, relating to, or designating rocks the constituents of which occur in flaky layersplaty fracture
Word Origin for platy
C19: from plate + -y 1
British Dictionary definitions for platy (2 of 3)
/ (ˈplætɪ) /
noun plural platy, platys or platies
any of various small brightly coloured freshwater cyprinodont fishes of the Central American genus Xiphophorus, esp X. maculatus
Word Origin for platy
C20: shortened from New Latin Platypoecilus former genus name, from platy- + -poecilus, from Greek poikilos spotted
British Dictionary definitions for platy (3 of 3)
indicating something flatplatyhelminth
Word Origin for platy-
from Greek platus flat
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Medical definitions for platy
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