Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A carbohydrate resembling starch that is composed of glucose and forms the reserve foodstuff of certain algae.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A substance resembling starch, found in the green frothy scum formed on the surface of stagnant water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A substance resembling starch, found in the green frothy scum formed on the surface of stagnant water.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A colorless granular carbohydrate, (C6H10O5)n, which is found in certain infusoria, as Euglena viridis. It is related to starch (whence the name), but is not acted on by diastase or turned blue by iodine.

Etymologies

para- +‎ amylum (Wiktionary)

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