iris

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See also: Iris and íris

English[edit]

Wikipedia-logo.png Iris on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Latin, from Ancient Greek ἶρις (iris, rainbow), from Proto-Indo-European *wei-ro- (a twist, thread, cord, wire), from Proto-Indo-European *wei- (to turn, twist, weave, plait).

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Noun[edit]

A plant of the genus, Iris.
Illustration showing parts of the human eye, including the iris.

iris (plural irises or iris or irides) (See Usage notes)

  1. (botany) A plant of the genus Iris, common in the northern hemisphere, and generally having attractive blooms (Wikipedia).
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 5, The Younger Set[1]:
      Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume ; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of rose-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees ; … .
  2. (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 (Wikipedia).
  3. (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.
  4. (poetic) A rainbow, or other colourful refraction of light.
  5. (electronics) A constricted opening in the path inside a waveguide, used to form a resonator.

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Usage notes[edit]

For the part of the eye, the usual medical plural is irides.
For the flower both iris and irises are in common use.

Quotations[edit]

plural iris

1989
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ME « 15th c. 16th c. 17th c. 18th c. 19th c. 20th c. 21st c.
  • 1989, Ann Lovejoy, The Year in Bloom [2]
    Is there anything more spectacular than the bearded iris in their short season?
  • 1996, Katherine Grace Endicott, Northern California Gardening [3]
    Tall bearded iris are in bloom now.
  • 2004, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, A Garden for Life [4]
    The bulbous iris are important because their early flowers provide a food source for bees and early flying insects.

plural irides

1843 1989 2001
ME « 15th c. 16th c. 17th c. 18th c. 19th c. 20th c. 21st c.
  • 1843, The Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
    In colour the irides are straw-yellow, the pupils black; forehead, nape, and back, very dark bluish-black; [...]
  • 1989, Robert S Ridgely, The Birds of South America [5]
    As in the caciques, bills are sharply pointed and pale, while irides are usually pale blue.
  • 2001, John V Forrester et al., The Eye [6]
    Later in life brown irides are the result of heavily pigmented melanocytes within the stroma.

plural irises

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  • 1987, Pamela Harper, Frederick McGourty, Perennials [7]
    Tall bearded irises are easy to grow but not always easy to grow well.
  • 2000, Kevin C Voughn, Louisiana Iris [8]
    Most iris lovers feel that Louisiana irises are now large enough.
  • 2002, John E Bryan, Bulbs [9]
    All these irises are sold as dry, dormant bulbs in fall.

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Verb[edit]

iris (third-person singular simple present irises, present participle irising, simple past and past participle irised)

  1. (of an aperture, lens, or door) To open or close in the manner of an iris.

Dutch[edit]

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iris c (plural irissen, diminutive irisje n)

  1. iris

Esperanto[edit]

Verb[edit]

iris

  1. past of iri

French[edit]

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Noun[edit]

iris m (plural iris)

  1. iris

Ido[edit]

Verb[edit]

iris

  1. past of irar

Indonesian[edit]

Noun[edit]

iris

  1. slice

Verb[edit]

mengiris

  1. to slice

Irish[edit]

Noun[edit]

iris f (genitive irise, nominative plural irisí)

  1. magazine, journal
  2. gazette

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Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Eclipsis with h-prothesis with t-prothesis
iris n-iris hiris t-iris
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

iris m, f (invariable)

  1. iris (flower)

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Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

īrīs

  1. dative plural of īra
  2. ablative plural of īra

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

iris f (plural iris)

  1. Obsolete spelling of íris.

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Noun[edit]

iris f (genitive irise, plural irisean)

  1. magazine, periodical

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Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

iris m (plural iris or iríses)

  1. (anatomy) iris

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