Definition for irides (2 of 2)
noun, plural i·ris·es, ir·i·des [ir-i-deez, ahy-ri-] /ˈɪr ɪˌdiz, ˈaɪ rɪ-/.
verb (used without object)
Origin of iris
Examples from the Web for irides
The comb is very small; irides, bright orange; feet and legs, light flesh-color.Sheep, Swine, and Poultry|Robert Jennings
The circle of the eyes, the naked membrane of the beak, and the feet, are flesh-coloured; the irides are orange.The Natural History of Cage Birds|J. M. Bechstein
The irides of the eyes of this bird were of a beautiful bright yellow colour.The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1|Gilbert White
Irides′cent, coloured like the iris or rainbow; I′ridine, iridescent.
The bill is one inch one line long from the gape, and, with the irides, is red.Zoological Illustrations, Volume I|William Swainson
British Dictionary definitions for irides (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for irides (2 of 2)
noun plural irises or irides (ˈaɪrɪˌdiːz, ˈɪrɪ-)
Word Origin for iris
Word Origin and History for irides
late 14c., flowering plant (Iris germanica), also "prismatic rock crystal," from Latin iris (plural irides) "iris of the eye, iris plant, rainbow," from Greek iris (genitive iridos) "a rainbow; the lily; iris of the eye," originally "messenger of the gods," personified as the rainbow. The eye region was so called (early 15c. in English) for being the colored part; the Greek word was used of any brightly colored circle, "as that round the eyes of a peacock's tail" [Liddell and Scott].