Share this entry

iris
American English: /ˈaɪrɪs/
British English: /ˈʌɪrɪs/

Translation of iris in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 (Botany)
    Example sentences
    • The newspaperman had a love for a myriad of different flower species and soon divided his interests between roses, irises, lilacs and native California plants.
    • It spreads by underground fleshy stems called rhizomes; rhizomes are found on many plants, from irises to agapanthus, from ferns to Bermuda grass.
    • Daffodils, iris, tulips, gladiolus, hyacinth, and daylilies are just some of the many bulb favorites.
  • 2 (Anatomy)
    Example sentences
    • The thin sheet of circular muscle of the iris which constricts the pupil of the eye is also known as a sphincter.
    • The walking wounded were often blind, their pupils, irises, and corneas burned out.
    • The colored circular membrane in the eye just behind the cornea is called the iris.

Definition of iris in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

QUIZ


    Next Score:
    Word of the day coiffeur
    Pronunciation: kwäˈfər
    noun
    a hairdresser
    Cultural fact of the day

    comarca

    In Spain, a geographical, social, and culturally homogeneous region, with a clear natural or administrative demarcation is called a comarca. Comarcas are normally smaller than regiones. They are often famous for some reason, for example Ampurdán (Catalonia) for its wines, or La Mancha (Castile) for its cheeses.