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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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