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n. A Greek word for iris, a sweet-smelling flower and the symbol of the mythological character Iridos, the messenger of the ancient Greek gods. Iridos was the goddess of the rainbow, winging a message across the sky; in the Iliad, she was the swift-footed messenger of Zeus and Hera. In the 18th and 19th centuries, conveying an unwritten message with flowers was prevalent and known as “the language of flowers.”
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