Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Papaw noun [ Prob. from the native name in the West Indies; confer Spanish papayo papaw, papaya the fruit of the papaw.] [ Written also pawpaw .]
1. (Botany) A tree ( Carica Papaya ) of tropical America, belonging to the order Passifloreæ . It has a soft, spongy stem, eighteen or twenty feet high, crowned with a tuft of large, long-stalked, palmately lobed leaves. The milky juice of the plant is said to have the property of making meat tender. Also, its dull orange-colored, melon-shaped fruit, which is eaten both raw and cooked or pickled.

2. (Botany) A tree of the genus Asimina ( A. triloba ), growing in the western and southern parts of the United States, and producing a sweet edible fruit; also, the fruit itself. Gray.

Papboat noun
1. A kind of sauce boat or dish.

2. (Zoology) A large spiral East Indian marine shell ( Turbinella rapha ); -- so called because used by native priests to hold the oil for anointing.

Pape noun [ Confer French pape , from Latin papa . See Pope .] A spiritual father; specifically, the pope. [ Obsolete]

Papejay noun A popinjay. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Paper noun [ French papier , from Latin papyrus papyrus, from which the Egyptians made a kind of paper, Greek .... Confer Papyrus .]
1. A substance in the form of thin sheets or leaves intended to be written or printed on, or to be used in wrapping. It is made of rags, straw, bark, wood, or other fibrous material, which is first reduced to pulp, then molded, pressed, and dried.

2. A sheet, leaf, or piece of such substance.

3. A printed or written instrument; a document, essay, or the like; a writing; as, a paper read before a scientific society.

They brought a paper to me to be signed.
Dryden.

4. A printed sheet appearing periodically; a newspaper; a journal; as, a daily paper .

5. Negotiable evidences of indebtedness; notes; bills of exchange, and the like; as, the bank holds a large amount of his paper .

6. Decorated hangings or coverings for walls, made of paper. See Paper hangings , below.

7. A paper containing (usually) a definite quantity; as, a paper of pins, tacks, opium, etc.

8. A medicinal preparation spread upon paper, intended for external application; as, cantharides paper .

» Paper is manufactured in sheets, the trade names of which, together with the regular sizes in inches, are shown in the following table. But paper makers vary the size somewhat.

In the manufacture of books, etc., a sheet, of whatever size originally, is termed, when folded once, a folio ; folded twice, a quarto , or 4to ; three times, an octavo , or 8vo ; four times, a sextodecimo , or 16 mo ; five times, a 32 mo ; three times, with an offcut folded twice and set in, a duodecimo , or 12 mo ; four times, with an offcut folded three times and set in, a 24 mo .

» Paper is often used adjectively or in combination, having commonly an obvious signification; as, paper cutter or paper -cutter; paper knife, paper -knife, or paper knife; paper maker, paper -maker, or paper maker; paper mill or paper -mill; paper weight, paper -weight, or paper weight, etc.

Business paper , checks, notes, drafts, etc., given in payment of actual indebtedness; -- opposed to accommodation paper . -- Fly paper , paper covered with a sticky preparation, -- used for catching flies. -- Laid paper . See under Laid . -- Paper birch (Botany) , the canoe birch tree ( Betula papyracea ). -- Paper blockade , an ineffective blockade, as by a weak naval force. -- Paper boat (Nautical) , a boat made of water-proof paper. -- Paper car wheel (Railroad) , a car wheel having a steel tire, and a center formed of compressed paper held between two plate- iron disks. Forney. -- Paper credit , credit founded upon evidences of debt, such as promissory notes, duebills, etc. -- Paper hanger , one who covers walls with paper hangings. -- Paper hangings , paper printed with colored figures, or otherwise made ornamental, prepared to be pasted against the walls of apartments, etc.; wall paper. -- Paper house , an audience composed of people who have come in on free passes. [ Cant] -- Paper money , notes or bills, usually issued by government or by a banking corporation, promising payment of money, and circulated as the representative of coin. -- Paper mulberry . (Botany) See under Mulberry. -- Paper muslin , glazed muslin, used for linings, etc. -- Paper nautilus . (Zoology) See Argonauta . -- Paper reed (Botany) , the papyrus. - - Paper sailor . (Zoology) See Argonauta. -- Paper stainer , one who colors or stamps wall paper. De Colange. -- Paper wasp (Zoology) , any wasp which makes a nest of paperlike material, as the yellow jacket. -- Paper weight , any object used as a weight to prevent loose papers from being displaced by wind, or otherwise. -- Parchment paper . See Papyrine . -- Tissue paper , thin, gauzelike paper, such as is used to protect engravings in books. -- Wall paper . Same as Paper hangings , above. -- Waste paper , paper thrown aside as worthless or useless, except for uses of little account. -- Wove paper , a writing paper with a uniform surface, not ribbed or watermarked.

Paper adjective Of or pertaining to paper; made of paper; resembling paper; existing only on paper; unsubstantial; as, a paper box; a paper army.

Paper transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Papered; present participle & verbal noun Papering .]
1. To cover with paper; to furnish with paper hangings; as, to paper a room or a house.

2. To fold or inclose in paper.

3. To put on paper; to make a memorandum of. [ Obsolete]

Paperweight noun See under Paper , noun

Papery adjective Like paper; having the thinness or consistence of paper. Gray.

Papescent adjective [ From Pap soft food.] Containing or producing pap; like pap. [ R.] Arbuthnot.

Papess noun [ French papesse .] A female pope; i. e. , the fictitious pope Joan. [ Obsolete] Bp. Hall.

Papeterie noun [ French, paper manufacture, from papier paper.] A case or box containing paper and materials for writing.

Paphian adjective [ Latin Paphius , Greek ..., from ... the city Paphos.] Of or pertaining to Paphos, an ancient city of Cyprus, having a celebrated temple of Venus; hence, pertaining to Venus, or her rites.

Paphian noun A native or inhabitant of Paphos.

Papier-maché noun [ French papier mâché , lit., chewed or mashed paper.] A hard and strong substance made of a pulp from paper, mixed with sise or glue, etc. It is formed into various articles, usually by means of molds.

Papilio noun [ Latin , a butterfly.] (Zoology) A genus of butterflies.

» Formerly it included numerous species which are now placed in other genera. By many writers it is now restricted to the swallow- tailed butterflies, like Papilio polyxenes, or asterias , and related species.

Papilionaceous adjective
1. Resembling the butterfly.

2. (Botany) (a) Having a winged corolla somewhat resembling a butterfly, as in the blossoms of the bean and pea. (b) Belonging to that suborder of leguminous plants ( Papilionaceæ ) which includes the bean, pea, vetch, clover, and locust.

Papiliones noun plural [ New Latin See Papilio .] (Zoology) The division of Lepidoptera which includes the butterflies.

Papilionides noun plural [ New Latin ] (Zoology) The typical butterflies.

Papilla noun ; plural Papillæ . [ Latin , a nipple, pimple.] Any minute nipplelike projection; as, the papillæ of the tongue.

Papillar adjective [ Confer French papillaire .] Same as Papillose .

Papillary adjective [ Confer French papillaire .] Of, pertaining to, or resembling, a papilla or papillæ; bearing, or covered with, papillæ; papillose.

Papillate transitive verb & i. To cover with papillæ; to take the form of a papilla, or of papillæ.

Papillate adjective Same as Papillose .

Papilliform adjective [ Papilla + -form .] Shaped like a papilla; mammilliform.

Papilloma noun ; plural Papillomata . [ New Latin See Papilla , and - Oma .] (Medicine) A tumor formed by hypertrophy of the papillæ of the skin or mucous membrane, as a corn or a wart. Quain.

Papillomatous adjective (Medicine) Of, pertaining to, or consisting of, papillomata.

Papillose adjective [ Confer French papilleux .] Covered with, or bearing, papillæ; resembling papillæ; papillate; papillar; papillary.

Papillote noun [ French, from papillon a butterfly.] a small piece of paper on which women roll up their hair to make it curl; a curl paper.

Papillous adjective Papillary; papillose.

Papillulate adjective (Zoology) Having a minute papilla in the center of a larger elevation or depression.

Papion noun [ Prob. from native name: confer Spanish papion .] (Zoology) A West African baboon ( Cynocephalus sphinx ), allied to the chacma. Its color is generally chestnut, varying in tint.

Papism noun [ French papisme . See Pape , Pope .] Popery; -- an offensive term. Milton.

Papist noun [ French papiste . See Pape , Pope .] A Roman catholic; one who adheres to the Church of Rome and the authority of the pope; -- an offensive designation applied to Roman Catholics by their opponents.

Papistic, Papistical adjective [ Confer French papistique .] Of or pertaining to the Church of Rome and its doctrines and ceremonies; pertaining to popery; popish; -- used disparagingly. "The old papistic worship." T. Warton. -- Pa*pis"tic*al*ly , adverb

Papistry noun The doctrine and ceremonies of the Church of Rome; popery. [ R.] Whitgift.

Papized adjective [ From Pape .] Conformed to popery. [ Obsolete] " Papized writers." Fuller.

Papoose noun A babe or young child of Indian parentage in North America.

Pappiform adjective (Botany) Resembling the pappus of composite plants.

Pappoose noun Same as Papoose .

Pappoose root . (Botany) See Cohosh .

Pappose adjective (Botany) Furnished with a pappus; downy.

Pappous adjective (Botany) Pappose.

Pappus noun [ Latin , an old man or grandfather; hence, a substance resembling gray hairs, Greek ....] (Botany) The hairy or feathery appendage of the achenes of thistles, dandelions, and most other plants of the order Compositæ ; also, the scales, awns, or bristles which represent the calyx in other plants of the same order.

Pappy adjective [ From Pap soft food.] Like pap; soft; succulent; tender. Ray.

Paprika noun Also Pa"pri*ca [ Hung. paprika Turkish pepper; probably through G.] The dried ripened fruit of Capsicum annuum or various other species of pepper; also, the mildly pungent condiment prepared from it.

Papuan adjective Of or pertaining to Papua.

Papuars noun plural ; sing. Papuan (Ethnol.) The native black race of Papua or New Guinea, and the adjacent islands.

Papula noun ; plural Papulæ . [ Latin ]


1. (Medicine) A pimple; a small, usually conical, elevation of the cuticle, produced by congestion, accumulated secretion, or hypertrophy of tissue; a papule. Quain.

2. (Zoology) One of the numerous small hollow processes of the integument between the plates of starfishes.

Papular adjective
1. Covered with papules.

2. (Medicine) Consisting of papules; characterized by the presence of papules; as, a papular eruption.

Papule noun ; plural Papules Same as Papula .