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Re: [Fwd: Re: Iris Books]

> multiple, but not plural. Thus, like Jupiter (Iuppiter) and all the
> rest, she has no plural form per se. But let us suppose that Virgil
> liked her so well that he thought there should be two of her. How would
> he have expressed the plural? Almost all third declension nouns have
> "es" as the nominative plural ending. Would he have said "Ires"? Or
> would it have been dictated by the radical change of form found in the
> genitive (possessive) case of "Iris", i.e., "Iridis"? -- in which case,
> the plural might have been "Irides". But in either case, since we are in
> the realm of never-never land, I think you could not go wrong with "Is".
> Griff Crump, who survived six years of Latin, and hated every minute of
> it, because it was taught as a dead language!  jgcrump@erols.com

The plural of "iris" as it relates to medicine is indeed "irides."
I had the pleasure of reading this in an autopsy report, which is indeed
a dead language.

Amy Moseley Rupp
amyr@austx.tandem.com, Austin, TX, USDA zone 8b, Sunset zone 30
*or* amyr@mpd.tandem.com
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