Definitions

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

  • n. A mineral crystal formed or affected by paramorphism. Also called allomorph1.

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  • n. A kind of pseudomorph in which there has been a change of physical characteristics without alteration of chemical composition, as in the change of aragonite to calcite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. A taxonomic variant observed within a species, for which a more specific term has not been assigned.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mineralogy, a pseudomorph formed by a change in molecular structure without a change of chemical composition: thus, rutile occurs as a paramorph after brookite, and aragonite after calcite. See pseudomorph and paramorphism.

Etymologies

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para- + -morph

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  • "And those babes, dressed in your old cobweb clothes

    —mercury, King's Lynn silk, fey dappled moon—

    not changelings, those, but your dear dread own,

    paramorph whose name seesaws."

    -from "Oblique Strategies" by Cynthia Zarin, in The Ada Poems, p 50

    June 5, 2011