Definition of parapherna
Roman & civil law
: the property of a woman that on her marriage is not made a part of her dower but remains her own and entirely free from the control of the husband
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Origin and Etymology of parapherna
Late Latin, from Greek, from para- 1para- + phernē dowry; akin to Greek pherein to carry — more at bear
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