Paras

para

1 [pah-rah, pahr-ah]
noun, plural paras, para.
a former copper coin of Turkey, the 40th part of a piaster.

Origin:
1680–90; < Turkish < Persian pāra literally, piece

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para

2 [pah-rah, pahr-ah]
noun, plural paras, para.
a.
formerly, an aluminum-bronze coin and monetary unit of Yugoslavia, the 100th part of a dinar.
b.
a coin and monetary unit of Macedonia and Serbia, the 100th part of a dinar.

Origin:
1905–10; < Serbo-Croatian pàra < Turkish; see para1

para

3 [par-uh]
adjective Chemistry.
1.
pertaining to or occupying two positions (1, 4) in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms. Compare ortho, meta2.

Origin:
1875–80; independent use of para-1

para

4 [par-uh]
noun Informal.
1.
a paraprofessional.
2.
a paratrooper.

Origin:
1955–60; by shortening of words compounded with para-1, para-3

para

5 [par-uh]
noun, plural paras, parae [par-ee] . Obstetrics.
1.
Also called parity. a woman's status regarding the bearing of viable offspring: usually followed by a Roman numeral designating the number of times the woman has given birth.
2.
the woman herself.
Compare gravida.


Origin:
1880–85; extracted from primapara, multipara, etc.

Pará

[pah-rah] .
noun
1.
an estuary in N Brazil: an arm of the Amazon. 200 miles (320 km) long; 40 miles (65 km) wide.
2.
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para1 (ˈpɑːrə)
 
n , pl -ras, -ra
a monetary unit of Serbia worth one hundredth of a dinar; formerly a monetary unit of Yugoslavia
 
[C17: Serbo-Croat, via Turkish from Persian pārah piece, portion]

para2 (ˈpærə)
 
n
1.  a.  a soldier in an airborne unit
 b.  an airborne unit
2.  a paragraph

para3 (ˈpɑːrɑː)
 
n , pl para
horseshoe fern, Also called: king fern a New Zealand fern, Marattia salicina, with long heavy fronds
 
[Māori]

Pará (Portuguese paˈra)
 
n
1.  a state of N Brazil, on the Atlantic: mostly dense tropical rainforest Capital: Belém. Pop: 6 453 683 (2002). Area: 1 248 042 sq km (474 896 sq miles)
2.  another name for Belém
3.  an estuary in N Brazil into which flow the Tocantins River and a branch of the Amazon. Length: about 320 km (200 miles)

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para-
prefix meaning "alongside, beyond, altered, contrary," from Gk. para- from para (prep.) "beside, near, from, against, contrary to," cognate with Skt. para "beyond;" Hitt. para "on, forth;" L. pro "before, for, in favor of," per- "through;" Goth. faur "along;" O.E. for- "off, away" (see fore).
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para par·a (pār'ə)
n.
A woman who has given birth to an infant or infants.

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