from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In Muslim legend, a spirit often capable of assuming human or animal form and exercising supernatural influence over people.
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- n. a supernatural being with extraordinary powers that usually takes human form and serves its summoner: djinn, genie
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- n. (Islam) an invisible spirit mentioned in the Koran and believed by Muslims to inhabit the earth and influence mankind by appearing in the form of humans or animals
Arabic jinnī, demonic, demon, from jinn, demons, from janna, to cover, conceal; see gnn in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)