Meaning of Barmecide


Pronunciation: (bär'mu-sīd"), [key]
— n.
  1. a member of a noble Persian family of Baghdad who, according to a tale in The Arabian Nights' Entertainments, gave a beggar a pretended feast with empty dishes.
  1. Barmecidal.
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