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peri

[peer-ee] /ˈpɪər i/
noun, plural peris.
1.
one of a large group of beautiful, fairylike beings of Persian mythology, represented as descended from fallen angels and excluded from paradise until their penance is accomplished.
2.
any lovely, graceful person.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < Persian perī, variant of parī fairy, Middle Persian parīk, Avestan pairikā witch

Peri

[pe-ree] /ˈpɛ ri/
noun
1.
Jacopo
[yah-kaw-paw] /ˈyɑ kɔ pɔ/ (Show IPA),
1561–1633, Italian composer.

peri-

1.
a prefix meaning “about” or “around” (perimeter, periscope), “enclosing” or “surrounding” (pericardium), and “near” (perigee, perihelion), appearing in loanwords from Greek (peripeteia); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (perimorph).
Origin
< Greek, prefixal use of perí (adv. and preposition)
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British Dictionary definitions for peri

peri

/ˈpɪərɪ/
noun (pl) -ris
1.
(in Persian folklore) one of a race of beautiful supernatural beings
2.
any beautiful fairy-like creature
Word Origin
C18: from Persian: fairy, from Avestan pairikā witch

peri-

prefix
1.
enclosing, encircling, or around: pericardium, pericarp, perigon
2.
near or adjacent: perihelion
Word Origin
from Greek peri around, near, about
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Word Origin and History for peri
n.

1777, from Persian pari, from Avestan pairika. Race of superhuman female beings originally represented as malevolent, later as angelic genii (cf. sense evolution of English fairy, to which it is not related).

peri-

word-forming element meaning "around, about, enclosing," from Greek peri (prep.) "around, about, beyond," cognate with Sanskrit pari "around, about, through," Latin per, from PIE *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).

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peri in Medicine

peri- pref.

  1. Around; about; enclosing: perimysium.

  2. Near: perinatal.

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peri in Science
peri-  
A prefix that means: "around" (as in pericardium,) or "near" (as in perihelion).
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Related Abbreviations for peri

peri

  1. pericardial
  2. pericardium

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