Parametritis to Paraventure
(||Par`a*me*tri"tis) n. [NL. See Para-, and Metritis.] (Med.) Inflammation of the cellular
tissue in the vicinity of the uterus.
(Par`a*mi*og"ra*pher) n. [Gr. proverb + -graph + -er.] A collector or writer of proverbs.
(Par`a*mi"tome) n. [Pref. para- + mitome.] (Biol.) The fluid portion of the protoplasm of
(||Pa"ra*mo) n.; pl. Paramos [Sp. pæramo.] A high, bleak plateau or district, with stunted
trees, and cold, damp atmosphere, as in the Andes, in South America.
(Par"a*morph) n. [Pref. para- + Gr. form.] (Min.) A kind of pseudomorph, in which there
has been a change of physical characters without alteration of chemical composition, as the change of
aragonite to calcite.
(Par`a*mor"phism) n. (Min.) The change of one mineral species to another, so as to
involve a change in physical characters without alteration of chemical composition.
(Par`a*mor"phous) a. (Min.) Relating to paramorphism; exhibiting paramorphism.
Lady paramount (Archery), the lady making the best score. Lord paramount, the king.
(Par"a*mount) a. [OF. par amont above; par through, by (L. per) + amont above. See
Amount.] Having the highest rank or jurisdiction; superior to all others; chief; supreme; preëminent; as, a
paramount duty. "A traitor paramount." Bacon.
Syn. Superior; principal; preëminent; chief.
(Par"a*mount), n. The highest or chief. Milton.
(Par"a*mount`ly), adv. In a paramount manner.
(Par"a*mour) n. [F. par amour, lit., by or with love. See 2d Par, and Amour.]
1. A lover, of either sex; a wooer or a mistress (formerly in a good sense, now only in a bad one); one
who takes the place, without possessing the rights, of a husband or wife; used of a man or a woman.
The seducer appeared with dauntless front, accompanied by his paramourMacaulay.
2. Love; gallantry. [Obs.] "For paramour and jollity." Chaucer.
(Par"a*mour`, Par"a*mours`) , adv. By or with love, esp. the love of the sexes; sometimes
written as two words. [Obs.]
For par amour, I loved her first ere thou.Chaucer.
(Par*am"y*lum) n. [NL., fr. Gr. para` beside + starch.] (Chem.) A substance resembling
starch, found in the green frothy scum formed on the surface of stagnant water.
(Par`a*naph"tha*lene) n. [Pref. para- + naphthalene.] (Chem.) Anthracene;
called also paranaphthaline. [Obs.]
(||Par`a*noi"a) n. [NL., fr. Gr. para`noia.] (Med.) Mental derangement; insanity.
(Par*an"thra*cene) n. [Pref. para- + anthracene.] (Chem.) An inert isomeric modification