Meaning of peri

pe•ri

Pronunciation: (pēr'ē), [key]
— pl. -ris.
  1. one of a large group of beautiful, fairylike beings of Persian mythology, represented as descended from fallen angels and excluded from paradise until their penance is accomplished.
  2. any lovely, graceful person.

Pe•ri

Pronunciation: (pe'rē), [key]
  1. 1561–1633, Italian composer.

peri-

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a prefix meaning “about” or “around” (perimeter, periscope), “enclosing” or “surrounding” (pericardium), and “near” (perigee, perihelion), appearing in loanwords from Greek (peripeteia); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (perimorph).
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