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Afriet

or Afrit
or Ifrit

The beau ideal of what is terrible and monstrous in Arabian superstition. A sort of ghoul or demon. Solomon, we are told, once tamed an Afrit, and made it submissive to his will.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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More on Afriet from Infoplease:

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