noun, plural i·ris·es, ir·i·des [ir-i-deez, ahy-ri-] /ˈɪr ɪˌdiz, ˈaɪ rɪ-/.
verb (used without object)
Origin of iris
British Dictionary definitions for irised (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for irised (2 of 2)
noun plural irises or irides (ˈaɪrɪˌdiːz, ˈɪrɪ-)
Word Origin for iris
Word Origin and History for irised
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].