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parallelogram a flat closed figure with four straight sides. The opposite sides are parallel and equal to each other.
paralyse a spelling of paralyze used in Canada and Britain. See paralyze for more information.
paralysis a loss of feeling in or the ability to move a body part. Paralysis is caused by injury or disease of the nervous system.
paralyze to take away the ability to move or feel in a part or parts of the body. [2 definitions]
paramecium a living thing made of one cell that lives in fresh water. Paramecia can only be seen through a microscope. Paramecia are protozoans, tiny organisms that are similar to animals.
paramount most important; chief; highest.
Paraná River a major river in South America that starts in Brazil and flows mostly south. The Paraná River eventually joins a river called the Uruguay and empties into the Atlantic Ocean at the border between the countries of Argentina and Uruguay.
parasite a plant, animal, or fungus that lives on or in another living thing, called the host. A parasite gets its food and energy from the host organism.
parasol a light umbrella used to protect against the sun.
paratrooper a soldier trained to parachute from an airplane into an area where there is fighting.
parcel something wrapped or packed for carrying or shipping; package. [3 definitions]
parch to make very dry by heating. [2 definitions]
parchment a material like paper made of the skins of sheep or goats. [2 definitions]
pardon forgiveness for a small disturbance. [4 definitions]
pare to cut off the outside layer or ends from. [2 definitions]
parent a mother or a father.
parental of, relating to, or characteristic of a parent or parents.
parenthesis either of a pair of punctuation marks ( ). They are used to enclose information that is not part of the main sentence. They are also used to set apart mathematical quantities to be treated as a unit.
Paris the capital city of France.
parish a district of a Christian religion that has its own church and priest or minister.
park an area of public land, as in a city, that is set aside for rest and enjoyment. [3 definitions]