American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. In Persian mythology, a beautiful and benevolent supernatural being or fairy, earlier regarded as malevolent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Pers. myth., an elf or fairy, male or female, represented as a descendant of fallen angels, excluded from Paradise till their penance is accomplished.
- In heraldry, reduced in size: generally equivalent to couped. Cuzzens, Handbook of Heraldry.
- A prefix in words of Greek origin or formation, meaning ‘around,’ ‘about,’ ‘near,’ equivalent to circum- of Latin origin, as in periphery equivalent to circumference, etc. It is much used in the formation of new scientific compounds, but not, like
circum-, as an English formative.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Persian Myth.) An imaginary being, male or female, like an elf or fairy, represented as a descendant of fallen angels, excluded from paradise till penance is accomplished.
- n. (Persian folklore) a supernatural being descended from fallen angels and excluded from paradise until penance is done
- n. a beautiful and graceful girl
- Persian پری (pari), from Middle Persian, from Avestan (parikā) "witch". (Wiktionary)
- Persian parī, from Pahlavi parīk, malevolent sprite, from Avestan pairikā, a kind of female demon. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I don’t think they would qualify as rural now doesn’t Hansen use the term peri-urban?”
“Lips. 1842, p. 25n) says that” Unus Cod. qui ex cœnobiis montis Athos advectus est “gives the title peri tēs Sōsannēs.”
“Likewise, in peri-Y2K modernity, the two metaphors of Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Computing both provide frameworks for developing technology, agency, and politics - one an Apollonian vision of discourse mediated through distributed displays and UI; the other an emergent ecology of agency distributed among people and machines.”
“[Footnote 17: The word peri, in the Persian language, signifies that beautiful race of creatures which constitutes the link between angels and men.]”
“Florinus had previously held that God was the author of evil, which sentiment Irenaeus opposed in a treatise, now lost, called peri monarchias.”
“Testament; for twice, expressing the sin-offering by this word, he uses that phrase peri harmatias, Rom. viii.”
“He wrote a work which is variously entitled peri tou ontos, peri physeos, etc., and of which only a few fragments have come down to us.”
“Its addictive flame-broiled wings are seasoned with the fiery African bird's eye chili, known as peri peri or piri piri.”
“The time leading up to this stage is known as the peri-menopause.”
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