- a former copper coin of Turkey, the 40th part of a piaster.
Origin of para1
1680–90; < Turkish < Persian pāra literally, piece
- formerly, an aluminum-bronze coin and monetary unit of Yugoslavia, the 100th part of a dinar.
- a coin and monetary unit of Macedonia and Serbia, the 100th part of a dinar.
Origin of para2
1905–10; < Serbo-Croatian pàra < Turkish; see para1
Origin of para3
First recorded in 1875–80; independent use of para-1
- a paraprofessional.
- a paratrooper.
Origin of para4
- 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.
- the woman herself.
Origin of para5
1880–85; extracted from primapara, multipara, etc.
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- 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)
- another name for Belém
- an estuary in N Brazil into which flow the Tocantins River and a branch of the Amazon. Length: about 320 km (200 miles)
- 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
- a soldier in an airborne unit
- an airborne unit
- a paragraph
- a New Zealand fern, Marattia salicina, with long heavy frondsAlso called: horseshoe fern, king fern
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- A woman who has given birth to an infant or infants.
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