Iris is an ambiguous color term, usually referring to shades ranging from blue-violet to violet.
However, in certain applications, it has been applied to an even wider array of colors, including pale blue, mauve, pink, and even yellow (the color of the inner part of the iris flower).
The name is derived from the iris flower, which comes in a broad spectrum of colors.
The first recorded use of iris as a color name in English was in the year 1916.
See also 
- ColorCharts.org: Color names including "iris" shows the wide range of different colors called "iris" by various paint companies (click on the name of each paint company):
- Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 195; Color Sample of Iris: Page 109 Plate 43 Color Sample B5 (Note: The shade of Iris shown in this color sample is a pale mauve-lavender color)
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