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(word root) around, very
Examples of words with the root peri-: perimeter, periscope


n. pl. pe·ris
In Persian mythology, a beautiful and benevolent supernatural being or fairy, earlier regarded as malevolent.

[Persian parī, from Middle Persian parīk, malevolent sprite, from Avestan pairikā, a kind of female demon.]


n, pl -ris
1. (Non-European Myth & Legend) (in Persian folklore) one of a race of beautiful supernatural beings
2. (European Myth & Legend) any beautiful fairy-like creature
[C18: from Persian: fairy, from Avestan pairikā witch]


(ˈpɪər i)

n., pl. -ris.
1. one of a large group of beautiful, fairylike beings of Persian mythology.
2. any lovely, graceful creature.
[1770–80; < Persian perī, variant of parī fairy, Middle Persian parīk, Avestan pairikā witch]


a prefix meaning “about,” “around” (perimeter; periscope), “enclosing,” “surrounding” (pericardium), “near” (perigee; perihelion).
[< Greek, prefixal use of perí (adv. and preposition)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peri - a beautiful and graceful girlperi - a beautiful and graceful girl  
fille, girl, miss, missy, young lady, young woman - a young woman; "a young lady of 18"
2.peri - (Persian folklore) a supernatural being descended from fallen angels and excluded from paradise until penance is done
folklore - the unwritten lore (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture
Persia, Persian Empire - an empire in southern Asia created by Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BC and destroyed by Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC
disembodied spirit, spirit - any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
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There was not a soul in Randolph Crescent, nor a soul in Queensferry Street; in this outdoor privacy and the sense of escape, John took heart again; and with a pathetic sense of leave-taking, he even ventured up the lane and stood awhile, a strange peri at the gates of a quaint paradise, by the west end of St.
The Peri and the Pearl," a clever skit of a poem of two hundred lines, just finished, white hot from his brain, won the heart of the editor of a San Francisco magazine published in the interest of a great railroad.
He had already withdrawn his eye from the Peri, and was looking at a humble tuft of daisies which grew by the wicket.
Bribe a seraph to fetch you a coal of fire from heaven, if you will," said I, "and with it kindle life in the tallest, fattest, most boneless, fullest-blooded of Ruben's painted women--leave me only my Alpine peri, and I'll not envy you.
It was in Oxford that Peri met the Polaroid people: Shirin (a feminist Iranian) and Mona (a devout Egyptian American with headscarf).
Watching the Polaroid flutter to the ground, Peri recalls her early days at Oxford University, a time of personal uncertainty about the existence of God.
Cleanliness conditions of the kitchens of Peri Peri and P2P1 fast-foods were highly unhygienic on which the AAC expressed strong dismay and directed the arrest of all four managers and said that that district administration will take stern action against them.
Best innoVAtion product AWArd" For duo in AnGolA PERI has been active in Angola for 10 years now and has already supported a range of major civil engineering
She had cover ups on," Peri told the magazine in their Feb.
The newest branch of Galito's - yet another South African chain in the business of peri peri chicken but one that's refreshingly different - could well be the place for you.
The simple floor slab memorializing Jacopo Peri [1561-1633] reads "Creator of opera (melodramma).

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