paraphernalia (n.) Look up paraphernalia at Dictionary.com
1650s, "a woman's property besides her dowry," from Medieval Latin paraphernalia (short for paraphernalia bona "paraphernal goods"), neuter plural of paraphernalis (adj.), from Late Latin parapherna "a woman's property besides her dowry," from Greek parapherna, neuter plural, from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + pherne "dowry," related to pherein "to carry," from PIE root *bher- (1) "to carry." Meaning "equipment, apparatus" is first attested 1791, from notion of odds and ends.