Origin of paramorph

First recorded in 1875–80; para-1 + -morph
Also called allomorph.
Related formspar·a·mor·phic, par·a·mor·phous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for paramorph


  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
Derived Formsparamorphic or paramorphous, adjective
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