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proper noun 
  1. (greek mythology) A messenger of the gods.
  2. (botany) A genus of flowering plants of the Iridaceae family.
  3. (given name, female).
Etymology: Greek iris "rainbow".


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noun (es, pl2=iris, pl3=irides) (See Usage notes)
  1. (countable) (botany) A plant of the genus Iris, common in the northern hemisphere, and generally having attractive blooms.
  2. (poetic) A rainbow, or other colourful refraction of light.
  3. (countable) (anatomy) The contractile membrane perforated by the pupil, which adjusts to control the amount of light reaching the retina, and which forms the colored portion of the eye.
  4. (countable) (photography, cinematography) A diaphragm used to regulate the size of a hole, especially as a way of controlling the amount of light reaching a lens.
Etymology: From Middle English, from Latin, from Greek (unicode, ) (iris), rainbow.


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