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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The daughter of Thaumus (i. e . wonder) and of the ocean nymph Electra (i. e . splendour); was the goddess of the rainbow, and as such the messenger of the gods, particularly of Zeus and Hera, the appearance of the rainbow being regarded as a sign that communications of good omen were passing between heaven and earth, as it was to Noah that they would continue to be kept up; she is represented as dressed in a long wide tunic, over which hangs a light upper garment, and with golden wings on her shoulders.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Iris'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/i/iris.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.