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parochial school a school supported and run by a church or religious organization.
parody a humorous imitation in print, music, or performance of a serious person, work of art, or publication. [3 definitions]
parole the release of a prisoner before his or her punishment is finished, with conditions of good behavior to be fulfilled. [3 definitions]
parolee one who has been released from prison and is on parole.
paronymous of a word or words, derived from the same root; cognate.
parotid of or relating to either of a pair of the larger salivary glands found beneath and to the front of the ear. [2 definitions]
parotitis inflammation of one or both parotids, esp. mumps.
-parous giving birth to; bearing; producing.
paroxysm a sudden strong outburst of feelings or actions. [2 definitions]
parquet flooring composed of or containing inlaid wood designs. [2 definitions]
parquetry wood inlaid in a pattern, often of contrasting colors, and used esp. as flooring.
parr the young of certain fishes, esp. the salmon before it leaves fresh water.
parricide the act of killing one's parent or other close relative. [2 definitions]
parrot any of numerous tropical birds that have brightly colored plumage, a heavy short hooked bill, and often the ability to imitate speech. [3 definitions]
parrot fever see psittacosis.
parrotfish any of numerous marine fishes that are esp. colorful and have jaws resembling a parrot's beak.
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.