barmecides

Barmecide

[bahr-muh-sahyd]
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 or Barmecidal (ˈbɑːmɪˌsaɪd)
 
adj
lavish or plentiful in imagination only; illusory; sham: a Barmecide feast
 
[C18: from the name of a prince in The Arabian Nights who served empty plates to beggars, alleging that they held sumptuous food]
 
Barmecidal or Barmecidal
 
adj
 
[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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