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 (ī′rĭ-dēz′, ĭr′ĭ-)
A plural of iris.


(ˈaɪ rɪs)

n., pl. i•ris•es; esp. for 1,8 ir•i•des (ˈɪr ɪˌdiz, ˈaɪ rɪ-) for 2,3 i•ris; n.
1. the contractile, circular diaphragm forming the colored portion of the eye and containing an opening, the pupil, in its center.
2. any plant of the genus Iris, having flowers with three upright petals and three drooping, petallike sepals.
3. a flower of this plant.
4. (cap.) an ancient Greek goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods.
5. a rainbow.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin Īris, īris < Greek Îris, îris rainbow]
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Wilson reported the color of the irides to be "dark hazel" (Wilson and Evans 1893: 24), but that was either a guess used to instruct his artist or a surmise based on the fact that most drepanidines have brown eyes.
In addition, DNA from a cell line (GM12135; Coriell Repository), which has been described as originating from a 19-year-old female with short stature, small hands and feet, brown hair and irides, cleft palate, and development delay was also analyzed by MS-MLPA (32).
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The tint would filter some colour wavelengths from incident white light, resulting in a different spectrum being scattered back from light-coloured irides, changing their appearance.