genie

A genie is a mythological spirit. In stories, most genies are described as magical beings that live inside lamps or bottles and grant people's wishes.

The word genie comes from the French génie, a word that was coined for the French translation of the book Arabian Nights and comes from the Arabic jinni. Genies were a staple of ancient Arabian myths, and later of Islamic folktales. If you've ever seen the movie Aladdin, you know the popular version of a genie, who appears to grant wishes after being summoned from an oil lamp.

Definitions of genie
  1. noun
    (Islam) an invisible spirit mentioned in the Koran and believed by Muslims to inhabit the earth and influence mankind by appearing in the form of humans or animals
    synonyms: djinn, djinni, djinny, jinnee, jinni
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    types:
    shaitan, shaytan
    (Islam) a rebellious jinni who leads men astray
    eblis
    (Islam) the principal evil jinni in Islamic mythology
    type of:
    disembodied spirit, spirit
    any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
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