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Parsee

[pahr-see, pahr-see] /ˈpɑr si, pɑrˈsi/
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
1605-1615
1605-15; < Persian Pārsī Persian, equivalent to Pārs Persia + suffix of appurtenance
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Parsee

/ˈpɑːsiː/
noun
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
adjective
2.
of or relating to the Parsees or their religion
Derived Forms
Parseeism, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Persian Pārsī a Persian, from Old Persian PārsaPersia
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Word Origin and History for Parsee
n.

1610s, descendant of Zoroastrians who fled to India 7c.-8c. after Muslim conquest of Persia, from Old Persian parsi "Persian" (see Persian). In Middle English, Parsees meant "Persians."

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