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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
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British Dictionary definitions for peris

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
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Word Origin and History for peris

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).

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peri

  1. pericardial
  2. pericardium

PERI

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