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irises


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  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. 




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