peri

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noun pe·ri \ˈpir-ē\

Definition of peri

  1. 1 :  a supernatural being in Persian folklore descended from fallen angels and excluded from paradise until penance is accomplished

  2. 2 :  a beautiful and graceful girl

Origin and Etymology of peri

Persian perī fairy, genius, from Middle Persian parīk; akin to Avestan pairikā sorceress


First Known Use: circa 1780

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peri-

prefix pe·ri

Definition of peri-

  1. 1 :  all around :  about <periscope>

  2. 2 :  near <perihelion>

  3. 3 :  enclosing :  surrounding <perineurium>

Origin and Etymology of peri-

Latin, from Greek, around, in excess, from peri; akin to Greek peran to pass through — more at fare


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