Isis vs Iris - What's the difference?

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As proper nouns the difference between isis and iris

is that isis is a sunni jihadist group active in iraq and syria, where it has proclaimed an (unrecognized) state while iris is (female given name).

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(wikipedia Isis)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) .

Proper noun

(en proper noun)
  • (Egyptian mythology) An ancient Egyptian goddess, the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus, worshiped as the ideal mother and wife and as the matron of nature and magic.
  • (UK, Oxford) The River Thames.
  • (astronomy) Short for , a main belt asteroid.
  • (rare) (female)
  • * 1924 , Zora Neale Hurston, Drenched in Light :
  • Isis had crawled under the center table with its red plush cover with little round balls for fringe.
  • * 1995 , Iain Banks, Whit :
  • 'Beloved Isis ,' Elias grinned, 'would you kindly cast some light into the poor occluded mind of our brother here on the matter of the co-essential nature of the body and the soul?'

    Etymology 2

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
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    (See Usage notes)
  • (lb) A plant of the genus Iris , common in the northern hemisphere, and generally having attractive blooms ().
  • *
  • *:Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
  • (lb) The contractile membrane perforated by the pupil, which adjusts to control the amount of light reaching the retina, and which forms the colored portion of the eye ().
  • A diaphragm used to regulate the size of a hole, especially as a way of controlling the amount of light reaching a lens.
  • (lb) A rainbow, or other colourful refraction of light.
  • (lb) A constricted opening in the path inside a waveguide, used to form a resonator.
  • Usage notes

    For the part of the eye, the usual medical plural is irides.
    For the flower both iris'' and ''irises are in common use.


    plural iris {{timeline, 1900s=1989
    1996, 2000s=2004}} * 1989, Ann Lovejoy, The Year in Bloom [] *: Is there anything more spectacular than the bearded iris in their short season? * 1996, Katherine Grace Endicott, Northern California Gardening [] *: Tall bearded iris are in bloom now. * 2004, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, A Garden for Life [] *: The bulbous iris are important because their early flowers provide a food source for bees and early flying insects. plural irides {{timeline, 1800s=1843, 1900s=1989, 2000s=2001}} * 1843, The Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge *: In colour the irides are straw-yellow, the pupils black; forehead, nape, and back, very dark bluish-black; [...] * 1989, Robert S Ridgely, The Birds of South America [] *: As in the caciques, bills are sharply pointed and pale, while irides are usually pale blue. * 2001, John V Forrester et al., The Eye [] *: Later in life brown irides are the result of heavily pigmented melanocytes within the stroma. plural irises {{timeline, 1900s=1987
    2000, 2000s=2002}} * 1987, Pamela Harper, Frederick McGourty, Perennials [] *: Tall bearded irises are easy to grow but not always easy to grow well. * 2000, Kevin C Voughn, Louisiana Iris [] *: Most iris lovers feel that Louisiana irises are now large enough. * 2002, John E Bryan, Bulbs [] *: All these irises are sold as dry, dormant bulbs in fall.

    Derived terms

    * iridal * iridial * iridian * iridium * iridocyclitis * iridology * Iris (proper name) * iritis

    See also

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  • To open or close in the manner of an iris.
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