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.


The rainbow. Sir T. Browne.


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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I"ris, n. (Zoöl.)

Inner circle of an oscillated color spot.


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