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Par·ry (părē), Sir William Edward 1790-1855.
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British navigator who commanded three expeditions in search of the Northwest Passage (1819-1820, 1821-1823, and 1824-1825).

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Par·ry (părē), Milman 1902-1935.
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American classicist and folklorist who revealed the oral-formulaic character of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey by analyzing the formulaic nature of the poems and studying the performance and structure of the heroic songs of South Slavic bards.

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par·ry (părē)
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v. par·ried, par·ry·ing, par·ries
v.tr.
1. To deflect or ward off (a fencing thrust, for example).
2. To deflect, evade, or avoid: He skillfully parried the question with a clever reply.
v.intr.
To deflect or ward off a thrust or blow.
n. pl. par·ries
1. The deflecting or warding off of a thrust or blow, as in fencing.
2. An evasive answer or action.

[Probably from French parez, imperative of parer, to defend, from Italian parare, from Latin parāre, to prepare; see perə-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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