an iris, Iris susiana, of Asia Minor and Iran, having solitary, grayish flowers with a black patch and a brownish beard.
What Certain Flowers Are Saying
Like precious stones and tarot cards, flowers have symbolic meanings that only some understand. Different flowers represent sorrow, repentance, unrequited love, or beauty. Here are some of the most popular Mother’s Day flowers and their associated meanings. Do you know what these blooms are saying? Most of us appreciate flowers just because they are beautiful and not for their symbolic meanings, but this year you …
A giant eyeball is a Web craze, so what do you call the stuff inside the ball?
Sometimes the Internet community gets a little twitterpated about random stuff. In this case, a 30-foot sculpture of an eyeball in Chicago has transmogrified artist Tony Tasset into an online celebrity. Web searches on “giant eyeball” went bananas. Let’s use this eye mania as an excuse to take a look at some of the wonderful names for the parts of our beloved lamps. Like the zonule of Zinn. What …
Origin of mourning iris
First recorded in 1880–85
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