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(word root) around, very
Examples of words with the root peri-: perimeter, periscope
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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.]
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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]
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(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)]
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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."
Following an asset-purchase agreement signed in April, Shakey's acquired the assets and intellectual property relating to the Peri business.
'Peri's founder has done a great job bringing this creative concept to life-lending in a local Philippine twist with piri-piri's Portuguese origins.
material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment, about 175,000 visitors were recorded at PERI [THORN]us specially erected exhibition hall.
While chatting with her friends over a cup of coffee, Rosie dishes that she believes the killer is the same man who drugged and raped Peri years ago.
Peri regional marketing manager Sylvia Voss says the position "provides the perfect platform for individuals to exercise their sales and entrepreneurial abilities."
The Diane sauce complemented the beef better than the chicken and pork, while the Porto Due sauce worked with all of the meats, although came off a little bland in comparison to the hot peri peri sauce in particular.
With his wife working away and only Peri in the house, Rob was in danger of becoming seriously ill, but thanks to his daughter's quick thinking, he received the medical attention he urgently needed.

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