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This page is about the eponym guppy

Meaning: a small type of fish that breeds quickly and comes in many colours. They are often kept in fish bowls and aquariums.

For example:

  • We have too many guppies in our aquarium.

  • Male guppies are prettier in colour than female guppies.

Guppies are also known as "rainbow fish".

Origin: Robert John Lechmere Guppy (1836-1916) was a British naturalist. He discovered the guppy fish in Trinidad in 1866, and it was later named after him.

Quick Quiz:

Why do aquariums often have too many guppies?

a. Guppies reproduce quickly.

b. Guppies are colourful.

c. Guppies eat a lot.

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Contributor: Tara Benwell