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Iris typically refers to:

  • Iris (mythology), in Greek mythology, a messenger god and the personification of rainbows
  • Iris (plant), a genus of flowering plants
  • Iris (given name), a popular given name for girls
  • Iris (color), an ambiguous color ranging from blue-violet to violet, from the flower of the same name
  • Iris (anatomy), the sphincter around the pupil of the eye, named for the colors in human and animal eyes

Iris may also refer to:


In arts and entertainment

In music

Fictional characters

Video games
  • Iris (Mega Man), a character in the video game Mega Man X4
  • The character Iris in the video game Megaman Battle Network 6
  • The character Iris in the the video game Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals
  • IRIS, a hostile artificial intelligence in the Sega Saturn video game Solar Eclipse
  • The character Iris in Piers Anthony's Xanth novel Magicians of Xanth
  • Iris, a pre-teen prostitute played by Jodie Foster in the 1976 film Taxi Driver
  • The character Iris in the series Ruby Gloom
  • Iris, a tentacled mutant Gyaos from the 1999 kaiju film Gamera 3: Awakening of Irys
  • Iris Irine, a character in the manhwa series, Ragnarok

In other arts and entertainment

In science and technology

In science

  • Iris, a genus and subgenus of flowering plants, named for the Greek mythological figure
  • Iris, a genus of insects of the praying mantis family, in the subfamily Mantinae
  • 7 Iris, an asteroid named after the mythological figure
  • Iris Nebula, a reflection nebula, NGC 7023
  • Iridescence, an optical phenomenon in which hue changes with the angle at which a surface is viewed
  • Iris recognition, a personal identification technique that identifies an individual via the human iris
  • Iris flower data set, a well-known data set in statistics and machine learning.


  • Diaphragm (optics), a mechanical device found in cameras, which mimics the function of the biological iris
  • Iris (diaphragm), any such mechanical device, as used in doors, pipes, or electrical engineering
  • Iris printer, a true color inkjet printer used for industrial prepress proofs and fine art printing
  • Iris Browser, a web browser for Windows Mobile devices, phones and PDAs
  • Iris XMPP Library, a Qt/C++ library for working with the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) protocol
  • Iris Mote, a ubiquitous wireless sensor network device
  • Iris_Software, largest software house in the UK providing business software to 60,000 businesses

In transportation

  • HMS Iris, six historical warships of the British Royal Navy
  • USS Iris, any of several ships in the US Navy that have been named after the mythological figure
  • The Abraham Iris, a touring plane built in France before World War II
  • The Blackburn Iris, a British military flying boat first flown in 1926
  • The MV Royal Iris of the Mersey, name of two Mersey Ferries operating on the River Mersey, England

Other uses

See also

  • IRIS (disambiguation)

Travel guide

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From Wikitravel

Iris is a city in South Carolina.

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Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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See also iris



Proper noun


  1. (botany) A genus of flowering plants of the Iridaceae family.



Iris (1)


Ancient Greek Ἶρις iris "rainbow".

Proper noun




  1. (Greek mythology) A messenger of the gods.
  2. A female given name; a flower name used since the end of the 19th century.


  • 1598 William Shakespeare: All's Well That Ends Well: Act I, Scene III :
    What's the matter, / That this distemper'd messenger of wet, / The many-colour'd Iris, rounds thine eye?
  • 1990 Joyce Carol Oates: Because It Is Bitter, And Because It Is My Heart ISBN 0452265819 page 39:
    Persia tells Iris she is named for something special: the iris of the eye. / "I thought I was named for a flower," Iris says, disappointed. / "An iris is a flower, of course," Persia says, smiling, "but it's this other, too. Our secret. 'The iris of the eye'." / "The eye?" / Persia snaps her fingers in Iris's eyes. The gesture is so rude and unexpected, Iris will remember it all her life. After this disclosure, Iris doesn't know whether she likes her name any more.



Proper noun


  1. (Greek mythology) Iris
  2. A female given name.


Proper noun


  1. (Greek mythology) Iris
  2. A female given name.

Related terms


Proper noun


  1. (Greek mythology) Iris
  2. A female given name.



Iris f.

  1. iris.

Proper noun


  1. (Greek mythology) Iris
  2. A female given name.


Proper noun


  1. (Greek mythology) Iris
  2. A female given name.


Proper noun


  1. (Greek mythology) Iris
  2. A female given name.


Up to date as of January 23, 2010

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