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iris US English

A flat, colored, ring-shaped membrane behind the cornea of the eye, with an adjustable circular opening (pupil) in the center

Iris US English

The goddess of the rainbow, who acted as a messenger of the gods

Iris in blue flag US English

A violet-flowered iris that grows in marshy places and wet meadows

Iris in flag3 US English

A plant with sword-shaped leaves that grow from a rhizome

Iris in fleur-de-lis US English

A European iris

Iris in iris US English

A plant with sword-shaped leaves and showy flowers, typically purple, yellow, or white. Native to both Eurasia and North America, it is widely cultivated as an ornamental

Iris in orris US English

A preparation of the fragrant rootstock of an iris, used in perfumery and formerly in medicine

Murdoch, Iris US English

(1919–99), British novelist and philosopher, born in Ireland; full name Dame Jean Iris Murdoch. She is primarily known for her novels, many of which explore complex sexual relationships and spiritual life. Notable novels: The Sandcastle (1957), The Sea, The Sea (1978), and The Philosopher’s Pupil (1983)

iris diaphragm in iris US English

An adjustable diaphragm of thin overlapping plates for regulating the size of a central hole, especially for the admission of light to a lens

sweet iris in iris US English

A plant with sword-shaped leaves and showy flowers, typically purple, yellow, or white. Native to both Eurasia and North America, it is widely cultivated as an ornamental

iris family in iris US English

A plant with sword-shaped leaves and showy flowers, typically purple, yellow, or white. Native to both Eurasia and North America, it is widely cultivated as an ornamental

Apatura iris in purple emperor US English

A large European woodland butterfly that has iridescent purplish-black wings with white markings

Iris pseudacorus in yellow flag US English

A yellow-flowered iris that grows by water and in marshy places, native to Europe and naturalized in North America

Iris foetidissima in gladdon US English

A purple-flowered iris native to Eurasia and North Africa, which produces an unpleasant odour, especially when bruised

crested dwarf iris in iris US English

A plant with sword-shaped leaves and showy flowers, typically purple, yellow, or white. Native to both Eurasia and North America, it is widely cultivated as an ornamental

Dame Jean Iris Murdoch in Murdoch, Iris US English

(1919–99), British novelist and philosopher, born in Ireland; full name Dame Jean Iris Murdoch. She is primarily known for her novels, many of which explore complex sexual relationships and spiritual life. Notable novels: The Sandcastle (1957), The Sea, The Sea (1978), and The Philosopher’s Pupil (1983)