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papaya the yellow fruit of a tropical American tree, or the tree itself.
paper a thin material made from wood, rags, or grasses. Paper is used for writing, wrapping, and covering walls. [5 definitions]
paperback a book having a soft paper cover.
paper clip a piece of wire bent back on itself that holds papers together.
paper towel a small sheet of absorbent paper that is used mostly in the kitchen as a towel for such things as wiping surfaces or cleaning up spills. Paper towels are usually attached to other paper towels as part of a roll.
papoose a North American Indian baby or young child.
paprika a red powder made from dried sweet red peppers. Paprika is used to add spice to food.
Papua New Guinea a country on the eastern part of the island of New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean. Port Moresby is the capital of Papua New Guinea.
papyrus a tall water plant of the Nile valley in Egypt grown as an ornamental plant and once used to make a material like paper. [2 definitions]
par normal or average in amount or degree; standard. [2 definitions]
parable a very short story told to teach a moral or religious lesson.
parachute a large device made of strong, thin cloth that opens up like an umbrella. A parachute slows the fall of a person who jumps from an airplane. It can also be used in the same way for something that is dropped from an airplane. [3 definitions]
parade a public procession of people, marching bands, or vehicles in front of spectators as part of a celebration or ceremony. [3 definitions]
paradise (sometimes capitalized) a place where good people go after death; heaven. [2 definitions]
paraffin a white substance like wax that is made from petroleum. It is used for candles, sealing materials, and waxed paper. [2 definitions]
paragraph a part of something written made up of one or more sentences that develop a certain idea. A paragraph begins on a new line which is usually indented from the other lines.
Paraguay a country in central South America. Asunción is the capital of Paraguay.
Paraguay River a large river in South America that begins in southwestern Brazil, flows through Paraguay and along its border with Argentina. Finally, it joins the Paraná River at the southwestern tip of Paraguay.
parakeet a small parrot with a long, pointed tail and brightly colored feathers.
parallel lying or moving in the same direction and being the same distance apart at every point. Parallel lines never meet or cross each other. [5 definitions]
parallelogram a flat closed figure with four straight sides. The opposite sides are parallel and equal to each other.