peri

noun
pe·​ri | \ ˈpir-ē How to pronounce peri (audio) \

Definition of peri

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a supernatural being in Persian folklore descended from fallen angels and excluded from paradise until penance is accomplished
2 : a beautiful and graceful girl

peri-

prefix

Definition of peri- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : all around : about periscope
2 : near perihelion
3 : enclosing : surrounding perineurium

First Known Use of peri

Noun

1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for peri

Noun

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

Prefix

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

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“Peri.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peri. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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