par·a·pher·na·lia (păr′ə-fər-nālyə, -fə-nālyə)
pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
1. The articles used in a particular activity; equipment: a photographer's paraphernalia. See Synonyms at equipment.
2. Law Personal property used by a married woman that, although actually owned by her husband and subject to claims by his creditors, becomes her personal property after his death.
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