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Definitions of iris

  1. plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. muscular diaphragm that controls the size of the pupil; it forms the colored portion of the eye Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The goddess of the rainbow, and swift-footed messenger of the gods. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The rainbow. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. An appearance resembling the rainbow; a prismatic play of colors. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The contractile membrane perforated by the pupil, and forming the colored portion of the eye. See Eye. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A genus of plants having showy flowers and bulbous or tuberous roots, of which the flower-de-luce (fleur-de-lis), orris, and other species of flag are examples. See Illust. of Flower-de-luce. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. See Fleur-de-lis, 2. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Inner circle of an oscillated color spot. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The pupil of the eye; the rainbow; a spring flower; commonly called flag. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. The rainbow: an appearance resembling the rainbow: the contractile curtain perforated by the pupil, and forming the colored part of the eye: the fleur-de-lis or flagflower:-pl. IRISES. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. The rainbow; colored circle of the eye; flowering plant. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. The colored circle around the pupil of the eye. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. A flowering plant with sword shaped leaves. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. The rainbow personified as the messenger of Juno (hera) and the gods. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. A thin, circular, contractile disc suspended in the aqueous humour of the eye between the cornea and lens. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

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Usage examples for iris

  1. Sunshine flooded buttercups and poppies on the grassy slopes, and where there was shade, under the oaks, " Mission bells" and scarlet columbine and cream and lavender iris were massed together. – Saturday's Child by Kathleen Norris
  2. At the edge of the border plant Iris – Garden Ornaments by Mary H. Northend
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