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Meaning of IRIS

Pronunciation:  'Iris

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  diaphragm consisting of thin overlapping plates that can be adjusted to change the diameter of a central opening
  2. [n]  muscular diaphragm that controls the size of the pupil; it forms the colored portion of the eye
  3. [n]  plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals

IRIS is a 4 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: flag, fleur-de-lis, iris diaphragm, sword lily
 See Also: bearded iris, beardless iris, blue flag, bulbous iris, diaphragm, dwarf iris, English iris, eye, genus Iris, gladdon, gladdon iris, iridaceous plant, Iris cristata, Iris foetidissima, Iris persica, Iris pseudacorus, Iris verna, Iris versicolor, Iris virginica, Iris xiphioides, membrane, oculus, optic, peeper, Persian iris, pupil, roast beef plant, southern blue flag, stinking gladwyn, stinking iris, stop, tissue layer, vernal iris, yellow flag, yellow iris, yellow water flag



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \I"ris\, n.; pl. E. {Irises}, L. {Irides}. [L. iris,
    iridis, the goddess, Gr. ?, ?, the rainbow, iris of the eye,
    the plant Iris. Cf. {Orris}.]
    1. (Class. Myth.) The goddess of the rainbow, and
       swift-footed messenger of the gods. --Shak.
    2. The rainbow. --Sir T. Browne.
    3. An appearance resembling the rainbow; a prismatic play of
       colors. --Tennyson.
    4. (Anat.) The contractile membrane perforated by the pupil,
       and forming the colored portion of the eye. See {Eye}.
    5. (Bot.) 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}.
    6. (Her.) See {Fleur-de-lis}, 2.
  2. \I"ris\, n. (Zo["o]l.)
    Inner circle of an oscillated color spot.
Computing Dictionary
  1. Institute for Research in Information and Scholarship of Brown University (Providence RI).

  2. An object-oriented dbms.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: The round, colored membrane of the eye surrounding the pupil, which serves to control the amount of light reaching the retina.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing an iris in your dream, symbolizes wisdom, faith, and valor.
Thesaurus Terms
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