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platy

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[ pley-tee ]
/ ˈpleɪ ti /
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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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Origin of platy

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First recorded in 1525–35; plate1 + -y1

Other definitions for platy (2 of 3)

platy2
[ 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 platy

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1930–35; by shortening of New Latin Platypoecilus genus name, equivalent to platy-platy- + -poecilus<Greek poikílos mottled

Other definitions for platy (3 of 3)

platy-

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)

platy1
/ (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)

platy2
/ (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)

platy-

combining form
indicating something flatplatyhelminth

Word Origin for platy-

from Greek platus flat
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Medical definitions for platy

platy-

pref.
Flat:platyhelminth.
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