Definitions for gladiolusˌglæd iˈoʊ ləs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

glad•i•o•lus*ˌglæd iˈoʊ ləs(n.)(pl.)-lus, -li; -lus•es; -li

  1. any plant of the genus Gladiolus, of the iris family, native esp. to Africa, having erect, sword-shaped leaves and spikes of flowers in a variety of colors.

    Category: Plants

  2. the middle segment of the sternum.

    Category: Anatomy

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Origin of gladiolus:

1560–70; < L: small sword, sword lily =gladi(us) sword +-olus -ole1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gladiolus, gladiola, glad, sword lily(noun)

    any of numerous plants of the genus Gladiolus native chiefly to tropical and South Africa having sword-shaped leaves and one-sided spikes of brightly colored funnel-shaped flowers; widely cultivated

  2. gladiolus, corpus sternum(noun)

    the large central part of the breastbone


  1. gladiolus(Noun)

    The center part of the sternum.

  2. gladiolus(Noun)

    Any of several flowering plants, of the genus Gladiolus, having sword-shaped leaves and showy flowers on spikes; gladiola.

  3. Origin: From gladiolus, diminutive of gladius.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gladiolus(noun)

    a genus of plants having bulbous roots and gladiate leaves, and including many species, some of which are cultivated and valued for the beauty of their flowers; the corn flag; the sword lily

  2. Gladiolus(noun)

    the middle portion of the sternum in some animals; the mesosternum


  1. Gladiolus

    Gladiolus is a genus of perennial bulbous flowering plants in the iris family. It is sometimes called the 'Sword lily', but usually by its generic name. The genus is distributed in Mediterranean Europe, Asia, Tropical Africa and South Africa. The center of diversity of the genus is located in the Cape Floristic Region, where most species were discovered. The genera Oenostachys, Homoglossum, Anomalesia and Acidanthera, traditionally considered independent entities, currently are included in Gladiolus.


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