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performance art an art form involving recitation, music, dance, film, and other media presented sometimes simultaneously and sometimes sequentially, usu. on a stage.
performer a person who sings, acts, or does some form of entertainment for an audience; one who performs.
performing arts arts such as drama, dance, and music that are performed before an audience.
perfume a substance, esp. a liquid, made from flowers or synthetically, that is worn on the body to give it a pleasant smell. [4 definitions]
perfumer a person who makes or sells perfumes. [2 definitions]
perfumery perfumes as a group. [3 definitions]
perfunctory done quickly and as a matter of routine; performed without care. [2 definitions]
pergola an arbor or covered walkway with a roof of vines or other climbing plants trained over trelliswork.
perhaps maybe; possibly.
peri a fairy or elf of Persian mythology that is descended from evil angels and must do penance before being admitted to paradise.
peri- around; about; surrounding.
perianth the outer covering of a flower, including the calyx and corolla.
pericarditis inflammation of the pericardium.
pericardium in vertebrates, the membranous sac enclosing the heart.
pericarp the wall of a ripened ovary or fruit.
Pericles an Athenian statesman and general (495?-429 B.C.).
pericranium the external periosteum covering the outer surface of the skull.
perigee in astronomy, the point in the orbit of a moon or other satellite at which it is closest to the earth. (Cf. apogee.)
perigynous of sepals, petals, and stamens, attached to the edges of a cuplike structure that surrounds the ovary but is not connected to it. (Cf. epigynous, hypogynous.)
perihelion the point in the orbit of a planet or other body at which it comes closest to the sun. (Cf. aphelion.)
peril the condition of being in danger; jeopardy; risk. [3 definitions]