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periwig a wig, esp. of the type worn by men in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
periwinkle1 any of various edible marine snails, or its thick, whorled, conical shell.
periwinkle2 any of several related low, trailing plants that have shiny evergreen leaves and bear small flowers, usu. in shades of blue, purple, or white.
perjure to render (oneself) guilty of perjury by giving false testimony under oath.
perjured guilty of perjury. [2 definitions]
perjury the intentional giving of false testimony under oath in a court or other official proceeding.
perk1 to recover good health or spirits (usu. fol. by up). [5 definitions]
perk2 (informal) to percolate.
perk3 (informal) a privilege or benefit, as of a high rank or position; perquisite.
perky lively, jaunty, or pert.
perlite a volcanic glass with distinctive concentric cracks, used in the manufacture of concrete and plaster, and thermal and acoustic insulation.
perm (informal) a process for putting a long-lasting curl or wave in the hair by applying a chemical solution and rolling the hair on curlers; permanent. [3 definitions]
permafrost the permanently frozen subsoil layer or areas found in arctic and subarctic regions.
permanence the state or quality of being permanent.
permanency permanence. [2 definitions]
permanent existing or intended to exist indefinitely or perpetually; everlasting. [3 definitions]
permanent marker a pen or marker containing ink that may adhere to all surfaces, be water-resistant, contain durable dyes or pigments, or possess some combination of these attributes.
permanent press a wrinkle-resistant fabric, requiring little or no ironing after washing.
permanent resident a legal status granted to non-citizens of the U.S. who have met certain requirements of the Immigration Service, allowing them to live and work permanently in the U.S. and to enter the country without a visa.
permanent tooth any of the thirty-two adult human teeth.
permanent wave artificial waves that are set into the hair by the application of special chemicals, and that last for usu. two or three months; permanent.