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peri(pēr`ē), in Persian mythology, supernatural being. Peris were said to be fallen angels who were denied paradise until they did penance. Originally agents of evil, in later mythology they were identified as benevolent spirits.
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beautiful fairylike creatures, guided way to heaven. [Pers. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 822]
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