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paramorph

[ par-uh-mawrf ]
/ ˈpær əˌmɔrf /
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noun Mineralogy.

a pseudomorph formed by a change in crystal structure but not in chemical composition.

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Also called allomorph.

Origin of paramorph

First recorded in 1875–80; para-1 + -morph

OTHER WORDS FROM paramorph

par·a·mor·phic, par·a·mor·phous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for paramorph

paramorph
/ (ˈpærəˌmɔːf) /

noun

a mineral that has undergone paramorphism
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 forms of paramorph

paramorphic or paramorphous, adjective
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