Iris typically refers to:

* Iris (mythology), in Greek mythology, a messenger god and the personification of rainbows
* Iris (color), an ambiguous color ranging from blue-violet to violet, from the flower of the same name

Iris may also refer to:

In science and technology

In biology

* Iris (anatomy), the sphincter around the pupil of the eye, named for the colors in human and animal eyes
* "Iris" (plant), a genus of flowering plants, named for the Greek mythological figure
* "Iris" (mantis), a genus of insects of the praying mantis family, in the subfamily Mantinae

In other sciences

* 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


* 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 (web browser), a web browser for mobile phones and embedded devices

In arts and entertainment

In music

* "Iris" (opera), an opera by Pietro Mascagni
* Iris (song), a song by The Goo Goo Dolls from the film "City of Angels"
** Covers of the Goo Goo Dolls song, recorded by New Found Glory and Ronan Keating
* Iris (British/French band), an instrumental rock band
* Iris (EP), an EP by the band Miranda Sex Garden
* IRIS (Romanian band), a hard-rock band
* Iris (Split Enz song), a song by Split Enz
* Iris (Texas band), a synthpop band

Fictional characters

* Iris, a fictional queen in Piers Anthony's Xanth novels
* Iris (Mega Man), a fictional character in the video game "Mega Man X4"
* Iris, a pre-teen prostitute played by Jodie Foster in the 1976 film "Taxi Driver"

In other arts and entertainment

* "Irises" (painting), a painting of iris flowers by Vincent Van Gogh
* "Iris" (film), a film about Irish novelist Iris Murdoch
* Iris (game), a game created to promote the video game Halo 3
* Iris (TV channel), an Italian movie TV channel
* Iris (Stargate), a mechanical iris seen on the television show "Stargate SG-1"
* Iris-In and Iris-Out, visual effects in cinematography

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", the name of two Mersey Ferries operating on the River Mersey, England

Other uses

* Hurricane Iris and Typhoon Iris, tropical cyclones in the Atlantic and the Western Pacific
* Yeşil River, called Iris (Ίρις) by the Greeks
* Iris, Cluj-Napoca, a district in Romania
* Iris Associates, the company which developed Lotus Notes
* Iris Falcón (born 1973), Peruvian volleyball player
* Iris Fund for Prevention of Blindness
* Iris (Corporation Berhad), a company in Malaysia

ee also

* IRIS (disambiguation)

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