Iapetus n


[fr. L, fr. Gk, a Titan, son of Uranus and Gaea and father of Atlas, Epimetheus, and Prometheus] : one of the many satellites of Saturn

Io n
      [L Io, a maiden loved by Zeus and changed into a heifer so that she might escape Hera's wrath] : one of the many moons of the planet Jupiter
io moth n
      a chiefly No. American saturniid moth (Automeris io) having a large ocellated spot on each hind wing and a larva with stinging spines
Ionic adj 
      [fr. Ionia, in Asia Minor, fr. Ion, an Athenian prince who is the mythical ancestor of the Ionian race] : of or relating to the ancient Greek architectural order distinguished by fluted columns on bases and scroll volutes in its capitals
Irene n
      [fr. Gk eirenikos, fr. eirene peace, Eirene was Greek personification of Peace] : a girl's given name
irenic adj
      favoring, conducive to, or operating toward peace, moderation, or conciliation
1 iris n
  [ME, fr. L irid-, iris rainbow, iris plant, fr. Gk Iris Iris, goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods] 1 : rainbow 2 : the opaque contractile diaphragm perforated by the pupil and forming the colored portion of the eye
2 Iris n
  1 [NL Irid-, Iris, genus name, fr. L] : any of a large genus (Iris of the family Iridaceae, the iris family) of perennial herbaceous plants with linear basal leaves and large showy flowers 2 : a girl's given name
irisation n
  the effect or quality of being iridescent; iridescence

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