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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Pe’ri (plur. PERIS).
 
Peris are delicate, gentle, fairy-like beings of Eastern mythology, begotten by fallen spirits. They direct with a wand the pure in mind the way to heaven. These lovely creatures, according to the Koran, are under the sovereignty of Eblis; and Mahomet was sent for their conversion, as well as for that of man.   1
       
“Like peris’ wands, when pointing out the road
For some pure spirit to the blest abode.”
       
Thomas Moore: Lalla Rookh, pt. i.
 


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