• Persian with Oyster
    Persian with Oyster
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj Persian of or relating to Iran or its people or language or culture "Iranian mountains","Iranian security police"
    • n Persian the language of Persia (Iran) in any of its ancient forms
    • n Persian a native or inhabitant of Iran "the majority of Irani are Persian Shiite Muslims"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah-Mat," which means the king is dead
    • Persian A native or inhabitant of Persia.
    • Persian A thin silk fabric, used formerly for linings.
    • a Persian Of or pertaining to Persia, to the Persians, or to their language.
    • Persian (Arch) See Persian columns, under Persian a.
    • Persian The language spoken in Persia.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Peaches were once known as Persian apples
    • Persian Of or pertaining to Persia, in any of the various limitations of the name. An ancient region near the Persian Gulf, nearly corresponding to the modern Farsistan, and the nucleus of the Persian empire.
    • Persian Hence (from the luxury of the ancient Persians)
    • Persian Splendid; magnificent; luxurious; soft.
    • Persian Dama mesopotamica, related to the common fallow-deer.
    • n Persian A native or an inhabitant of ancient or of modern Persia. The modern Persians are a mixed race, in part descended from the ancient Iranians.
    • n Persian The language spoken in Persia, a member of the Iranian branch of the Aryan or Indo-European family of languages. Modern Persian dates from about a. d. 1000; older dialects are the Avestan or Zend. And the language of the Achæmenian cuneiform inscriptions.
    • n Persian In architecture, a male figure draped in the ancient Persian manner, and serving in place of a column or pilaster to support an entablature. See atlantes and caryatid.
    • n Persian A thin, soft, and fine silk used for linings and the like.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Persians first began using colored eggs to celebrate spring in 3,000 B.C. 13th century Macedonians were the first Christians on record to use colored eggs in Easter celebrations. Crusaders returning from the Middle East spread the custom of coloring eggs, and Europeans began to use them to celebrate Easter and other warm weather holidays.
    • adj Persian pėr′shi-an of, from, or relating to Persia, its inhabitants, or language
    • n Persian a native of Persia: the language of Persia:
    • n Persian (archit.) male figures used instead of columns to support an entablature—also Per′sic
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  • Don Marquis
    “Persian pussy from over the sea demure and lazy and smug and fat none of your ribbons and bells for me ours is the zest of the alley cat”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Persia,: cf. It. Persiano,. Cf. Parsee Peach Persic


In literature:

Persians taking hold of their long beards, and pulling them to the ground.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Mr. Pfander's Persian Moolah has altogether refused to translate Persian with him.
"Journal of a Residence at Bagdad" by Anthony Groves
Buckram, 5/- net; Velvet Persian, 7/6 net.
"Law and Laughter" by George Alexander Morton
To-day we have completed the Persian of St. Matthew.
"Life of Henry Martyn, Missionary to India and Persia, 1781 to 1812" by Sarah J. Rhea
The Persian expression for women, "those who sit behind the curtain," shows that their place is silence and seclusion.
"Our Moslem Sisters" by Annie Van Sommer
Like Ardisheer, the founder of the Sassanian race of Persian kings, he had his visions of future grandeur.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
That inscription on the blade is Persian.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
Persian type of silk weaving.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
The ideals of the Persian, the Greek, the Roman, and the Teuton varied.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
The boys at this Persian court were trained to many manly exercises.
"Cyrus the Great" by Jacob Abbott

In poetry:

Araluen—home of dreams,
Fairer for its flowerful glade
Than the face of Persian streams
Or the slopes of Syrian shade;
"Araluen" by Henry Kendall
And saw, against the morning sky,
The white-sailed fleets their wings display;
And ere the tranquil close of day,
Fade, like the Persian's from her eye.
"The Meetings Of The Flowers" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
THEN, lowly bending, with seraphic grace,
The vase he proffer'd full; and not a gem
Drawn forth successive from its sparkling place,
But put to shame the Persian diadem.
"Zophiel’s Offerings To Egla" by Maria Gowen Brooks
"Ferood, and ye, Persians and Tartars, hear!
Let there be truce between the hosts to-day.
But choose a champion from the Persian lords
To fight our champion Sohrab, man to man."
"Sohrab and Rustum: An Episode" by Matthew Arnold
And to Ferood his brother chiefs came up
To counsel; Gudurz and Zoarrah came
And Feraburz, who ruled the Persian host
Second, and was the uncle of the King
These came and counsell'd, and then Gudurz said:—
"Sohrab and Rustum: An Episode" by Matthew Arnold
How can my vineyard's charm be told,
As it basks in the autumn haze?
The Frost King's touch, so light and cold,
Like that of the Persian king of old,
Hath turned its roof from green to gold,
Till the hillside seems ablaze.
"After The Vintage" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

De Bellaigue, a veteran Tehran correspondent for the Economist, quickly dismisses Mr Kinzer's effort, which, owing to the latter's inability to read Persian , is "a bit like writing about Pearl Harbor knowing only Japanese".
The princes of the Persian Gulf may not really be serious about introducing democracy to their family-run countries.
Shiraz (83 E Main St, Elmsford 914-345-6111) is a Persian restaurant with lots of excellent menu choices.
There are works from the new music quartet Brooklyn Rider, with and without kamancheh (Persian spiked fiddle) player Kayhan Kalhor.
She has never gotten sick or cause us any trouble (can't say that about our $300 Persian, Chato).
14 billion project in Persian Gulf has conservationists concerned.
Iran sought to back up its threats by holding a ten-day military exercise in the Persian Gulf and warning the recently departed USS John C.
An Iranian warship and speed boats take part in a naval war game in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz , southern Iran.
Along with the elegant compositions of Ralph Towner to the Persian-rooted guitar of Lily Afshar.
Persian cat's genetics increases susceptibility to health issues.
The Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain has jailed opposition leaders and recently banned all demonstrations.
Try our chef-created Persian recipes from the editors of Vegetarian Times.
The Himalayan was originally developed from crosses between Siamese and Persians in an effort to transfer the pointed pattern to the Persian type.
Displays Military Power in the Persian Gulf.
A US fighter jet lands on the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier during exercises in the Persian Gulf.

In science:

Earlier these Ionian Greeks were expelled from their native city of Phocaea by an invading Persian army.
Zeno meets modern science
Examples of such locations are the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea and, in particular, coral lagoons of atolls and other tropical islands around the world.
Extraction of Freshwater and Energy from Atmosphere
Again, whose problems am I preparing students to solve? I mitigate the damage that I do by extending the oil problem. I ask students to estimate how much the United States spends on its military forces that guard Persian Gulf Oil.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days
If the US government is so concerned to obtain cheap oil for Americans, why not end the Persian Gulf protection force, use the $100 billion to buy the oil, and give it to Americans for free? I leave this puzzle to you.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days
Hordern, The fragments of Timotheus of Miletus, Oxford Classical Monographs, 2004. 6. Long-lost Poem Found in Grave; German Scientists Discover Copy of Timotheus's "The Persians" While Excavating at Abusir, The New York Times, 28 September 1902. 7. V.
Abusir: from Pliny the Elder to Google Maps