The iris is defined as the colored part of the eye around the pupil, the name of a woman, or a three-petal flower with sword-shaped leaves.(noun)
The definition of iris is being of the family of plants known as Iridaceace.(adjective)
An example of iris used as an adjective is in the phrase "iris family," which means a flower from this family such as an iris, a lily or a gladiolus.
See iris in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. irises
Origin: LME < L < Gr iris (gen. iridos) < IE *wir- (> wire) < base *wei-, to turn, bend
Origin: L < Gr Iris: see iris
See iris in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. i·ris·es or i·ri·des (īˈrĭ-dēzˌ, ĭrˈĭ-)
Origin: Middle English, iris (the plant)
Origin: , from Latin īris, īrid-, rainbow, iris (the plant)
Origin: , from Greek, rainbow, brightly-colored gemstone, iris of the eye; see wei- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Latin Īris
Origin: , from Greek
Origin: , from īris, rainbow; see wei- in Indo-European roots.
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