(I"ron*ware`) n. Articles made of iron, as household utensils, tools, and the like.
(I"ron*weed`) n. (Bot.) A tall weed with purplish flowers (Vernonia Noveboracensis). The
name is also applied to other plants of the same genus.
(I"ron*wood`) n. (Bot.) A tree unusually hard, strong, or heavy wood.
In the United States, the hornbeam and the hop hornbeam are so called; also the Olneya Tesota, a
small tree of Arizona; in the West Indies, the Erythroxylon areolatum, and several other unrelated trees; in
China, the Metrosideros vera; in India, the Mesua ferrea, and two species of Inga; in Australia, the Eucalyptus
Sideroxylon, and in many countries, species of Sideroxylon and Diospyros, and many other trees.
(I"ron*work`) n. Anything made of iron; a general name of such parts or pieces of a building,
vessel, carriage, etc., as consist of iron.
(I"ron works`). See under Iron, a.
(I"ron*wort`) n. (Bot.) An herb of the Mint family supposed to heal sword cuts; also, a species
(I"ron*y) a. [From Iron.]
1. Made or consisting of iron; partaking of iron; iron; as, irony chains; irony particles. [R.] Woodward.
2. Resembling iron in taste, hardness, or other physical property.
(I"ron*y) n. [L. ironia, Gr. dissimulation, fr. a dissembler in speech, fr. to speak; perh. akin to E.
word: cf. F. ironie.]
1. Dissimulation; ignorance feigned for the purpose of confounding or provoking an antagonist.
2. A sort of humor, ridicule, or light sarcasm, which adopts a mode of speech the meaning of which is
contrary to the literal sense of the words.