1770-80; < Persianperī, variant of parī fairy, Middle Persianparīk,Avestanpairikā witch
[pe-ree] /ˈpɛ ri/
[yah-kaw-paw] /ˈyɑ kɔ pɔ/ (Show IPA), 1561–1633, Italian composer.
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).
< Greek, prefixal use of perí (adv. and preposition)
1777, from Pers. pari, from Avestan pairika. Race of superhuman female beings originally represented as malevolent, later as angelic genii (cf. sense evolution of Eng. fairy, to which it is not related).
prefix meaning "around, about, enclosing," from Gk. peri (prep.) "around, about, beyond," cognate with Skt. pari "around, about, through," L. per (see per).