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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

parody \par"o*dy\ (p[a^]r"[-o]*d[y^]), n.; pl. Parodies (p[a^]r"[-o]*d[i^]z). [L. parodia, Gr. parw,di`a; para` beside + 'w,dh` a song: cf. F. parodie. See Para-, and Ode.] [1913 Webster] 1. A writing in which the language or sentiment of an author is mimicked; especially, a kind of literary pleasantry, in which what is written on one subject is altered, and applied to another by way of burlesque; travesty. [1913 Webster] The lively parody which he wrote . . . on Dryden's "Hind and Panther" was received with great applause. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. A popular maxim, adage, or proverb. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]