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peri Line breaks: peri
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪəri/

Definition of peri in English:

noun (plural peris)

(In Persian mythology) a mythical superhuman being, originally represented as evil but subsequently as a good or graceful genie or fairy.
Example sentences
  • 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.


From Persian perī.

Words that rhyme with peri

beery, bleary, cheery, dearie, dreary, Dun Laoghaire, eerie, eyrie (US aerie), Kashmiri, leery, praemunire, query, smeary, teary, theory, weary
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