paramorphous

paramorph

[par-uh-mawrf]
noun Mineralogy.
a pseudomorph formed by a change in crystal structure but not in chemical composition.
Also called allomorph.


Origin:
1875–80; para-1 + -morph

paramorphic, paramorphous, adjective
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paramorph (ˈpærəˌmɔːf)
 
n
1.  a mineral that has undergone paramorphism
2.  a plant or animal that is classified on the basis of inadequate data and differs taxonomically from other members of the species in which it has been placed
 
para'morphic
 
adj
 
para'morphous
 
adj

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