Etymology
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peri (n.)

1777, from Persian pari, from Avestan pairika. One of a race of superhuman female beings originally represented as malevolent descendants of the fallen angels, later as angelic genii (compare sense evolution of English fairy, to which it is, however, unrelated).

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Definitions of peri

peri (n.)
a beautiful and graceful girl;
peri (n.)
(Persian folklore) a supernatural being descended from fallen angels and excluded from paradise until penance is done;
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