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Iris: in Greek mythology, the goddess who acted as messenger of the gods and displayed as her sign, or appeared as, the rainbow; (hence, allusively) messenger 2H6 III. ii. 407 “I'll have an Iris that shall find thee out” ; used for ‘rainbow’ Troil. I. iii. 380 “blue Iris” ; an appearance likened to a rainbow All'sW. I. iii. 160 “That this distemper'd messenger of wet, The many-colour'd Iris, rounds thine eye” (cf. Lucr. 1586).
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