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stinking iris

an iris plant, Iris foetidissima, of W Europe and N Africa, having purplish flowers and a strong unpleasant smell when bruised Also called gladdon
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  • It is the seed of a nasty flag, which some call the "Roast-beef plant," and others the "stinking iris."

    The Maid of Sker Richard Doddridge Blackmore

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