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Chilminar'

and Balbec. Two cities built by the Genii, acting under the orders of Jan ben Jan, who governed the world long before the time of Adam. Chilminar, or the “Forty Pillars,” is Persepolis. These two cities were built as lurking places for the Genii to hide in.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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