(Par`a*nu"cle*us) n. [Pref. para- + nucleus.] (Biol.) Some as Nucleolus.
(Pa*ra" nut`) (Bot.) The Brazil nut.
(Par"a*nymph) n. [L. paranymphus, Gr. para` beside, near + a bride: cf. F. paranymphe.]
1. (Gr. Antiq.) (a) A friend of the bridegroom who went with him in his chariot to fetch home the bride.
Milton. (b) The bridesmaid who conducted the bride to the bridegroom.
2. Hence: An ally; a supporter or abettor. Jer. Taylor.
(Par`a*nym"phal) a. Bridal; nuptial. [R.]
At some paranymphal feast.Ford.
(Par`a*pec"tin) n. [Pref. para- + pectin.] (Chem.) A gelatinous modification of pectin.
(Par"a*pegm) n. [L. parapegma, Gr. fr. to fix beside; para` beside + to fix: cf. F. parapegme.]
An engraved tablet, usually of brass, set up in a public place.
Parapegms were used for the publication of laws, proclamations, etc., and the recording of astronomical
phenomena or calendar events.
(Par`a*pep"tone) n. [Pref. para- + peptone.] (Phisiol. Chem.) An albuminous body
formed in small quantity by the peptic digestion of proteids. It can be converted into peptone by pancreatic
juice, but not by gastric juice.
(Par"a*pet) n. [F., fr. It. parapetto, fr. parare to ward off, guard (L. parare to prepare, provide)
+ petto the breast, L. pectus. See Parry, and Pectoral.]
1. (Arch.) A low wall, especially one serving to protect the edge of a platform, roof, bridge, or the like.
2. (Fort.) A wall, rampart, or elevation of earth, for covering soldiers from an enemy's fire; a breastwork.
See Illust. of Casemate.
(Par`a*pet"al*ous) a. [Pref. para- + petal.] (Bot.) Growing by the side of a petal, as a
(Par"a*pet`ed), a. Having a parapet.
(Par"aph) n. [F. paraphe, parafe, contr. fr. paragraphe.] A flourish made with the pen at the
end of a signature. In the Middle Ages, this formed a sort of rude safeguard against forgery. Brande &
(Par"aph), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Paraphed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Paraphing.] [Cf. F. parapher, parafer.]
To add a paraph to; to sign, esp. with the initials.
(||Par`a*pher"na) n. pl. [L.] (Rom. Law) The property of a woman which, on her marriage,
was not made a part of her dower, but remained her own.
(Par`a*pher"nal) a. [Cf. F. paraphernal.] Of or pertaining to paraphernalia; as, paraphernal
(Par`a*pher*na"li*a) n. pl. [LL. paraphernalia bona, fr. L. parapherna, pl., parapherna,
Gr. para` beside + a bride's dowry, fr. fe`rein to bring. See 1st Bear.]