HyperDic: iris

English > 3 senses of the word iris:
NOUNplantiris, flag, fleur-de-lis, sword lilyplants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals
bodyirismuscular diaphragm that controls the size of the pupil which in turn controls the amount of light that enters the eye
artifactiris, iris diaphragmdiaphragm consisting of thin overlapping plates that can be adjusted to change the diameter of a central opening
iris > pronunciation
Soundsay'rahs; ay'rihs
Rhymesabacus ... zealous: 1164 rhymes with ahs...
abyss ... worthiness: 194 rhymes with ihs...
English > iris: 3 senses > noun 1, plant
Meaningplants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals.
Synonymsflag, fleur-de-lis, sword lily
Member ofgenus Irislarge genus of perennials that develop from bulbs or rhizomes
NarrowerEnglish iris, Iris xiphioidesbulbous iris native to the Pyrenees
Persian iris, Iris persicabulbous iris native to Asia Minor cultivated for its pale lilac-colored flowers
bearded irisAny of numerous wild or cultivated irises with hairlike structures on the falls (the drooping sepals)
beardless irisAny of numerous wild or cultivated irises having no hairs on the drooping sepals (the falls)
blue flag, Iris versicolorA common iris of the eastern United States having blue or blue-violet flowers
bulbous irisAny of various irises having a rootstock / rootstock formed like a bulb
dwarf iris, vernal iris, Iris vernalow-growing spring-flowering American iris with bright blue-lilac flowers
dwarf iris, Iris cristatalow-growing summer-flowering iris of northeastern United States
southern blue flag, Iris virginicaSimilar to blue flag
stinking iris, gladdon, gladdon iris, stinking gladwyn, roast beef plant, Iris foetidissimairis with purple flowers and foul-smelling leaves
yellow iris, yellow flag, yellow water flag, Iris pseudacorusCommon yellow-flowered iris of Europe and North Africa, naturalized in United States and often cultivated
Broaderiridaceous plantAny bulbous plant of the family Iridaceae
Spanishlirio, lis
Catalaniris, lliri, llir
English > iris: 3 senses > noun 2, body
Meaningmuscular diaphragm that controls the size of the pupil which in turn controls the amount of light that enters the eye; it forms the colored portion of the eye.
Part ofeye, oculus, opticThe organ of sight
PartspupilThe contractile aperture in the center of the iris of the eye
Broadermembrane, tissue layerA pliable sheet of tissue that covers or lines or connects the organs or cells of animals or plants
Spanishiris
Catalaniris
Adjectivesiridicof or relating to the iris of the eye
iriticof or relating to located near the iris of the eye
English > iris: 3 senses > noun 3, artifact
Meaningdiaphragm consisting of thin overlapping plates that can be adjusted to change the diameter of a central opening.
Synonymiris diaphragm
Broaderdiaphragm, stopA mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens

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