Paramorph
Paramorph Par"a*morph, n. [Pref. para- + Gr. morfh` form.] 1. (Min.) A kind of pseudomorph, in which there has been a change of physical characters, by a change in crystal structure without alteration of chemical composition, as the change of aragonite to calcite; called also {allomorph}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. (Biol.) A taxonomic variant observed within a species, for which a more specific term has not been assigned. [PJC] -- {par`a*mor"phic}, a. -- {par`a*mor"phous}, a. [PJC]


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  • paramorph — [par′ə môrf΄] n. a mineral that has undergone paramorphism …   English World dictionary

  • paramorph — a taxonomic variant within a species, so named because lack of data prevents a more accurate determination …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • paramorph — paramorphic, paramorphous, adj. /par euh mawrf /, n. Mineral. a pseudomorph formed by a change in crystal structure but not in chemical composition. Also called allomorph. [1875 80; PARA 1 + MORPH] * * * …   Universalium

  • paramorph — para·morph …   English syllables

  • paramorph — par•a•morph [[t]ˈpær əˌmɔrf[/t]] n. mir a mineral pseudomorph formed by a change in crystal structure but not chemical composition • Etymology: 1875–80 par a•mor′phic, par a•mor′phous, adj. par a•morph′ism, n …   From formal English to slang

  • paramorph — /ˈpærəmɔf/ (say paruhmawf) noun a pseudomorph formed by a change in crystal structure but not in chemical composition. –paramorphic /pærəˈmɔfɪk/ (say paruh mawfik), adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • paramorph — …   Useful english dictionary

  • allomorph — Paramorph Par a*morph, n. [Pref. para + Gr. morfh form.] 1. (Min.) A kind of pseudomorph, in which there has been a change of physical characters, by a change in crystal structure without alteration of chemical composition, as the change of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • paramorphic — Paramorph Par a*morph, n. [Pref. para + Gr. morfh form.] 1. (Min.) A kind of pseudomorph, in which there has been a change of physical characters, by a change in crystal structure without alteration of chemical composition, as the change of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • paramorphous — Paramorph Par a*morph, n. [Pref. para + Gr. morfh form.] 1. (Min.) A kind of pseudomorph, in which there has been a change of physical characters, by a change in crystal structure without alteration of chemical composition, as the change of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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