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iris British & World English

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

Iris British & World English

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

Iris in flag3 British & World English

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

Iris in iris British & World English

A plant with showy flowers, typically of purple or yellow, and sword-shaped leaves. Irises are native to both Eurasia and North America and widely cultivated as ornamentals

stinking iris British & World English

Another term for gladdon.

Murdoch, Dame Iris British & World 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) and The Sea, The Sea (Booker Prize, 1978)

iris diaphragm in iris British & World 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

iris family in iris British & World English

A plant with showy flowers, typically of purple or yellow, and sword-shaped leaves. Irises are native to both Eurasia and North America and widely cultivated as ornamentals

Apatura iris in purple emperor British & World English

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

Iris × germanica in orris British & World English

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

Iris pseudacorus in yellow flag British & World English

A yellow-flowered European iris which grows by water and in marshy places

Iris foetidissima in gladdon British & World English

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

Dame Jean Iris Murdoch in Murdoch, Dame Iris British & World 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) and The Sea, The Sea (Booker Prize, 1978)