(I"ris*a`ted) a. [See Iris.] Exhibiting the prismatic colors; irised; iridescent. W. Phillips.
(I"ri*scope) n. [Iris + - scope.] A philosophical toy for exhibiting the prismatic tints by means
of thin films.
(I"rised) a. [See Iris.] Having colors like those of the rainbow; iridescent. Holmes.
Irish elk. (Zoöl.) See under Elk. Irish moss. (a) (Bot.) Carrageen. (b) A preparation of the
same made into a blanc mange. Irish poplin. See Poplin. Irish potato, the ordinary white
potato, so called because it is a favorite article of food in Ireland. Irish reef, or Irishman's reef
(Naut.), the head of a sail tied up. Irish stew, meat, potatoes, and onions, cut in small pieces and
(I"rish) a. [AS. risc, fr. ras the Irish. Cf. Aryan, Erse.] Of or pertaining to Ireland or to its
inhabitants; produced in Ireland.
(I*rish"), n. sing. & pl.
1. pl. The natives or inhabitants of Ireland, esp. the Celtic natives or their descendants.
2. The language of the Irish; the Hiberno- Celtic.
3. An old game resembling backgammon.
(I*rish"ism) n. A mode of speaking peculiar to the Irish; an Hibernicism.
Irishman's hurricane (Naut.), a dead calm. Irishman's reef. (Naut.) See Irish reef, under Irish,
(I"rish*man) n.; pl. Irishmen A man born in Ireland or of the Irish race; an Hibernian.
(I"rish*ry) n. The Celtic people of Ireland. "The whole Irishry of rebels." Milton.
(||I*ri"tis) n. [NL. See Iris, and -itis.] (Med.) An inflammation of the iris of the eye.
(Irk) v. t. [OE. irken to tire, become tired; cf. Sw. yrka to urge, enforce, press, or G. ekel disgust,
MHG. erklich disgusting; perh. akin to L. urgere to urge, E. urge.] To weary; to give pain; to annoy;
used only impersonally at present.
To see this sight, it irks my very soul.Shak.
It irketh him to be here.M. Arnold.
1. Wearisome; tedious; disagreeable or troublesome by reason of long continuance or repetition; as, irksome
hours; irksome tasks.
For not to irksome toil, but to delight,Milton.
He made us.
2. Weary; vexed; uneasy. [Obs.]
Let us therefore learn not to be irksome when God layeth his cross upon us.Latimer.
Syn. Wearisome; tedious; tiresome; vexatious; burdensome. Irksome, Wearisome, Tedious. These
epithets describe things which give pain or disgust. Irksome is applied to something which disgusts by
its nature or quality; as, an irksome task. Wearisome denotes that which wearies or wears us out by
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