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[pur-zee-enz; French per-syen] /ˌpɜr ziˈɛnz; French pɛrˈsyɛn/

(used with a plural verb) .
(used with a singular verb) a printed or painted fabric of cotton or silk.
plural noun
outside window shutters having louvres to keep out the sun while maintaining ventilation Also called Persian blinds


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