par see

Parsee

[pahr-see, pahr-see]
noun
1.
an Indian Zoroastrian descended from Persian Zoroastrians who went to India in the 7th and 8th centuries to escape Muslim persecution.
2.
the Middle Persian dialect of the Parsee scriptures.
Also, Parsi.


Origin:
1605–15; < Persian Pārsī Persian, equivalent to Pārs Persia + suffix of appurtenance

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Parsee or Parsi (ˈpɑːsiː)
 
n
1.  an adherent of a monotheistic religion of Zoroastrian origin, the practitioners of which were driven out of Persia by the Muslims in the eighth century ad. It is now found chiefly in western India
 
adj
2.  of or relating to the Parsees or their religion
 
[C17: from Persian Pārsī a Persian, from Old Persian PārsaPersia]
 
Parsi or Parsi
 
n
 
adj
 
[C17: from Persian Pārsī a Persian, from Old Persian PārsaPersia]
 
'Parseeism or Parsi
 
n

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Parsee
1615, descendant of Zoroastrians who fled to India 7c.-8c. after Muslim conquest of Persia, from O.Pers. parsi "Persian." In M.E., Parsees meant "Persians."
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