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para1

[pah-rah, pahr-ah] /pɑˈrɑ, ˈpɑr ɑ/
noun, plural paras, para.
1.
a former copper coin of Turkey, the 40th part of a piaster.
Origin of para1
1680-1690
1680-90; < Turkish < Persian pāra literally, piece

para2

[pah-rah, pahr-ah] /pɑˈrɑ, ˈpɑr ɑ/
noun, plural paras, para.
1.
  1. formerly, an aluminum-bronze coin and monetary unit of Yugoslavia, the 100th part of a dinar.
  2. a coin and monetary unit of Macedonia and Serbia, the 100th part of a dinar.
Origin
1905-10; < Serbo-Croatian pàra < Turkish; see para1

para3

[par-uh] /ˈpær ə/
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 .
noun
Origin
First recorded in 1875-80; independent use of para-1

para4

[par-uh] /ˈpær ə/
noun, Informal.
1.
a paraprofessional.
2.
a paratrooper.
Origin
First recorded in 1955-60; by shortening of words compounded with para-1, para-3

para5

[par-uh] /ˈpær ə/
noun, plural paras, parae
[par-ee] /ˈpær i/ (Show IPA).
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for parae

Pará

/Portuguese paˈra/
noun
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)

para1

/ˈpɑːrə/
noun (pl) -ras, -ra
1.
a monetary unit of Serbia worth one hundredth of a dinar; formerly a monetary unit of Yugoslavia
Word Origin
C17: Serbo-Croat, via Turkish from Persian pārah piece, portion

para2

/ˈpærə/
noun (informal)
1.
  1. a soldier in an airborne unit
  2. an airborne unit
2.
a paragraph

para3

/ˈpɑːrɑː/
noun (pl) para
1.
a New Zealand fern, Marattia salicina, with long heavy fronds Also called horseshoe fern, king fern
Word Origin
Māori
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noun
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parae in Medicine

para par·a (pār'ə)
n.
A woman who has given birth to an infant or infants.

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