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parry to deflect or knock aside (a blow or stroke), as with one's weapon in fencing. [5 definitions]
parse in grammar, to separate (a sentence) into its parts and to describe the form and function of each. [3 definitions]
parsec a unit of astronomical distance equal to 3.258 light years.
Parsi a member of a Zoroastrian sect in modern India that is descended from Persian Zoroastrians who fled Persia in the seventh and eighth centuries to escape religious persecution. [2 definitions]
parsimonious excessively frugal; stingy.
parsimony excessive unwillingness to spend money or use resources; stinginess.
parsley any of several garden herbs, usu. having finely divided crinkled leaves, used to season or decorate food.
parsnip a carrotlike plant that bears yellow flowers and has a large, whitish, edible root. [2 definitions]
parson a clergyman, esp. in a Protestant church; minister.
parsonage a house provided by a church for its minister.
Parsons table (sometimes l.c.) a lightweight, square-legged rectangular table, often made of molded plastic.
part a separate portion or segment of a whole. [17 definitions]
part. abbreviation of "participle" or "participial."
partake to take part; participate. [4 definitions]
part company to terminate a friendship or association.
parterre the rear part of the main floor of a theater, usu. below the balconies. [2 definitions]
parthenogenesis a process of development of an egg without fertilization, as in some lower animals and plants.
Parthenon the temple of Athena built in the Doric style in the fifth century B.C. on the Acropolis in Athens.
Parthenos a descriptive addition, meaning "virgin," to the names of certain ancient Greek goddesses, esp. Athena.
Parthia an ancient country in southwest Asia originating in what is now northeastern Iran.
Parthian shot an unfriendly or sharp remark or gesture made as one departs; parting shot.