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irisi‧ris /ˈaɪərɪs $ ˈaɪrɪs/ noun [countable]  1 HBPDLGa tall plant with long thin leaves and large purple, yellow, or white flowers2 ldoce_086.png HBthe round coloured part of your eye, that surrounds the black pupil
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irisI have been in my house like an iris in an eye with the eyelid shut.An all-white spring garden of azaleas, tulips and iris can be soothing.Being a bearded iris, I. pallida needs full light and dryish, or at least free-draining soil.With a circular iris, the focus is maintained in both dimensions of the field of view.The marble iris stood peacefully on a low shelf.A useful group of iris with clumps of grassy foliage.But it can be made to bulge and glitter with a maestro behind the iris.
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