the family and for familiar guests, a room for less formal uses than the drawing-room. Esp., in modern
times, the dining room of a house having few apartments, as a London house, where the dining parlor is
usually on the ground floor. (c) Commonly, in the United States, a drawing- room, or the room where
visitors are received and entertained.
"In England people who have a drawing-room no longer call it a parlor, as they called it of old and till
recently." Fitzed. Hall.
Parlor car. See Palace car, under Car.
(Par"lous) a. [For perlous, a contr. fr. perilous.]
1. Attended with peril; dangerous; as, a parlous cough. [Archaic] "A parlous snuffing." Beau. & Fl.
2. Venturesome; bold; mischievous; keen. [Obs.] "A parlous boy." Shak. "A parlous wit." Dryden.
Par"lous*ly, adv. [Obs.] Par"lous*ness, n. [Obs.]
Parmesan cheese, a kind of cheese of a rich flavor, though from skimmed milk, made in Parma, Italy.
(Par`me*san") a. [F. parmesan, It. parmigiano.] Of or pertaining to Parma in Italy.
(||Par*nas"si*a) n. [NL.] (Bot.) A genus of herbs growing in wet places, and having white
flowers; grass of Parnassus.
(Par*nas"sian) a. [L. Parnassius.] Of or pertaining to Parnassus.
(Par*nas"sian), n. [See Parnassus.] (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of butterflies
belonging to the genus Parnassius. They inhabit the mountains, both in the Old World and in America.
Grass of Parnassus. (Bot.) See under Grass, and Parnassia. To climb Parnassus, to write
(Par*nas"sus) n. [L., fr. Gr. .] (Anc. Geog. & Gr. Myth.) A mountain in Greece, sacred to
Apollo and the Muses, and famous for a temple of Apollo and for the Castalian spring.
(Par`oc*cip"i*tal) a. [Pref. para- + occipital.] (Anat.) Situated near or beside the occipital
condyle or the occipital bone; paramastoid; applied especially to a process of the skull in some animals.
(Pa*ro"chi*al) a. [LL. parochialis, from L. parochia. See Parish.] Of or pertaining to a
parish; restricted to a parish; as, parochial duties. "Parochial pastors." Bp. Atterbury. Hence, limited; narrow.
"The parochial mind." W. Black.
(Pa*ro"chi*al*ism) n. The quality or state of being parochial in form or nature; a system of
management peculiar to parishes.
(Pa*ro`chi*al"i*ty) n. The state of being parochial. [R.] Sir J. Marriot.
(Pa*ro"chi*al*ize) v. t. To render parochial; to form into parishes.
(Pa*ro"chi*al*ly), adv. In a parochial manner; by the parish, or by parishes. Bp. Stillingfleet.
(Pa*ro"chi*an) a. [See Parochial, Parishioner.] Parochial. [Obs.] "Parochian churches."
(Pa*ro"chi*an), n. [LL. parochianus.] A parishioner. [Obs.] Ld. Burleigh.
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