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Barmecide

[bahr-muh-sahyd] /ˈbɑr məˌsaɪd/
noun
1.
a member of a noble Persian family of Baghdad who, according to a tale in The Arabian Nights' Entertainments, gave a beggar a pretended feast with empty dishes.
adjective
Origin
< Persian Barmekī family name, literally, offspring of Barmek, with -ide -id1 for Persian < Arabic
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Barmecide

/ˈbɑːmɪˌsaɪd/
adjective
1.
lavish or plentiful in imagination only; illusory; sham: a Barmecide feast
Word Origin
C18: from the name of a prince in The Arabian Nights who served empty plates to beggars, alleging that they held sumptuous food
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