Definition of Iris in English :

Define Iris in English

Iris meaning in English

Meaning of Iris in English

Pronunciation of Iris in English

Iris pronunciation in English

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1. flag, fleur-de-lis, iris, sword lily

plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals

2. iris

muscular diaphragm that controls the size of the pupil which in turn controls the amount of light that enters the eye; it forms the colored portion of the eye

3. iris, iris diaphragm

diaphragm consisting of thin overlapping plates that can be adjusted to change the diameter of a central opening

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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nounWord forms: plural irises or irides (ˈaɪrɪˌdiːz , ˈɪrɪ-)
the coloured muscular diaphragm that surrounds and controls the size of the pupil
2. Also called: fleur-de-lys
any plant of the iridaceous genus Iris, having brightly coloured flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals
See also flag3, orris1, stinking iris
3. Also called: rainbow quartz
a form of quartz that reflects light polychromatically from internal fractures
4.  a rare or poetic word for rainbow
something resembling a rainbow; iridescence
6.  short for iris diaphragm
the goddess of the rainbow along which she travelled to earth as a messenger of the gods

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a feminine name
2.  Greek Mythology
the goddess of the rainbow: in the Iliad, she is the messenger of the gods
nounWord forms: plural ˈirises
a rainbow
a rainbowlike show or play of colors
the round, pigmented membrane surrounding the pupil of the eye, having muscles that adjust the size of the pupil to regulate the amount of light entering the eye
any of a large genus (Iris) of perennial plants of the iris family, with sword-shaped leaves and conspicuous flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals of widely varying color
the flower of these plants
designating a family (Iridaceae, order Liliales) of monocotyledonous plants, including crocuses and gladioluses

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see synonyms of iris
Greek Mythology
The goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods.
n. pl. i·ris·es or i·ri·des (īrĭ-dēz, ĭrĭ-)
1. The pigmented, round, contractile membrane of the eye, suspended between the cornea and lens and perforated by the pupil. It regulates the amount of light entering the eye.
2. Any of numerous widely cultivated plants of the genus Iris, having narrow sword-shaped leaves and showy, variously colored flowers.
3. A rainbow or rainbowlike display of colors.
4. An iris diaphragm.

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