Per·sian /ˈpɝʒən, ||ʃən/
Per·sian a. Of or pertaining to Persia, to the Persians, or to their language.
Persian berry, the fruit of Rhamnus infectorius, a kind of buckthorn, used for dyeing yellow, and imported chiefly from Trebizond.
Persian cat. Zool. Same as Angora cat, under Angora.
Persian columns Arch., columns of which the shaft represents a Persian slave; -- called also Persians. See Atlantes.
Persian drill Mech., a drill which is turned by pushing a nut back and forth along a spirally grooved drill holder.
Persian fire Med., malignant pustule.
Persian powder. See Insect powder, under Insect.
Persian red. See Indian red (a), under Indian.
Persian wheel, a noria; a tympanum. See Noria.
1. A native or inhabitant of Persia.
2. The language spoken in Persia. Ancient Persian of the 3rd to 10th centuries is also called Pahlavi, and modern Persian is also called Farsi.
3. A thin silk fabric, used formerly for linings.
4. pl. Arch. See Persian columns, under Persian, a.
adj : of or relating to Iran or its people or language or culture;
"Iranian mountains"; "Iranian security police" [syn: Iranian]
n 1: a native or inhabitant of Iran; "the majority of Irani are
Persian Shiite Muslims" [syn: Irani, Iranian]
2: the language of Persia (Iran) in any of its ancient forms