E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Peri (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.