Definition of peri in English:

peri

Syllabification: pe·ri
Pronunciation: /ˈpi(ə)rē
 
/

noun (plural peris)

  • (In Persian mythology) a mythical superhuman being, originally represented as evil but subsequently as a good or graceful genie or fairy.
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    • Her androgynous form traverses his art as Desdemona and Jason, Leda and Apollo, St Sebastian and Delilah, a dead poet and a peri, Helen of Troy and Ganymede, Jacob's angel and a Eumenide on the track of Orestes.
    • The angels, or peris, on the floorspread, very distinctive in style, are unusual motifs to find on an embroidery.

Origin

from Persian perī.

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