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 (bär′mĭ-sīd′l) also Bar·me·cide (bär′mĭ-sīd′)
Plentiful or abundant in appearance only; illusory: a Barmecidal feast.

[After Barmecide, , a nobleman in The Arabian Nights, who served an imaginary feast to a beggar.]
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(ˌbɑr məˈsaɪd l)

also Bar′me•cide`,

giving only the illusion of plenty; illusory: a Barmecidal banquet.
[1835–45; alluding to the Barmecides, a noble family in The Arabian Nights who served a feast with empty dishes to a beggar (< Persian Barmekī family name, literally, offspring of Barmek, with -ide -id1 for Persian )]
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