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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Iris  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Iris  \I"ris\,  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  Inner  circle  of  an  oscillated  color  spot. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  iris 
  n  1:  plants  with  sword-shaped  leaves  and  erect  stalks  bearing 
  bright-colored  flowers  composed  of  three  petals  and 
  three  drooping  sepals  [syn:  {flag},  {fleur-de-lis},  {sword 
  lily}] 
  2:  muscular  diaphragm  that  controls  the  size  of  the  pupil;  it 
  forms  the  colored  portion  of  the  eye 
  3:  thin  overlapping  plates  can  be  adjusted  to  change  the 
  diameter  of  a  central  opening  [syn:  {iris  diaphragm}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  IRIS 
 
  Institute  for  Research  in  Information  and  Scholarship  of  Brown 
  University  (Providence  RI). 
 
  (1994-11-04) 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  Iris 
 
  An  {object-oriented}  {DBMS}. 
 
  (1994-11-04) 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  IRIS 
  Institute  for  Robotics  and  Intelligent  Systems  (org.,  Canada) 
 
 




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