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Pará            (Portuguese)  
1    a state of N Brazil, on the Atlantic: mostly dense tropical rainforest. Capital: Belém. Pop.: 5448600 (1995 est.). Area: 1248042 sq. km (474896 sq. miles)  
2       another name for       Belém  
3    an estuary in N Brazil into which flow the Tocantins River and a branch of the Amazon. Length: about 320 km (200 miles)  


      n   pl   , -ras, -ra   a Yugoslavian monetary unit worth one hundredth of a dinar  
     (C17: Serbo-Croat, via Turkish from Persian parah piece, portion)  
para   [2]  
a    a soldier in an airborne unit  
b    an airborne unit  
2    a paragraph  
para-   [1]   ,   (before a vowel)   par-  
1    beside; near  
parameter, parathyroid     
2    beyond  
3    resembling  
4    defective; abnormal  
5    subsidiary to  
6    usually in italics   denoting that an organic compound contains a benzene ring with substituents attached to atoms that are directly opposite across the ring (the 1,4- positions)  
paradinitrobenzene, para-cresol        (Abbrev.)    p-      Compare       ortho-       4       meta-       4  
7    denoting an isomer, polymer, or compound related to a specified compound  
paraldehyde, paracasein     
8    denoting the form of a diatomic substance in which the spins of the two constituent atoms are antiparallel  
parahydrogen         Compare       ortho-       6  
     (from Greek para (prep) alongside, beyond)  
para-   [2]  
      combining form   indicating an object that acts as a protection against something  
parachute, parasol     
     (via French from Italian para-, from parare to defend, shield against, ultimately from Latin parare to prepare)  
para-aminobenzoic acid  
      n     (Biochem)   an acid present in yeast and liver: used in the manufacture of dyes and pharmaceuticals. Formula: C6H4(NH2)COOH  
para-influenza virus  
      n   any of a group of viruses that cause respiratory infections with influenza-like symptoms, esp. in children  
Pará rubber  
      n   a South American rubber obtained from any of various euphorbiaceous trees of the genus Hevea, esp. H. brasiliensis  
   See also       rubber tree  
     (C19: from Pará)  
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