[ par-uh-mawrf ]
/ ˈpær əˌmɔrf /

noun Mineralogy.

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

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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for paramorph


/ (ˈpærəˌmɔːf) /


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 Formsparamorphic or paramorphous, adjective
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