Definitions for gladiolusˌglæd iˈoʊ ləs
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glad•i•o•lus*ˌglæd iˈoʊ ləs(n.)(pl.)-lus, -li; -lus•es; -li
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.
the middle segment of the sternum.
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Origin of gladiolus:
1560–70; < L: small sword, sword lily =gladi(us) sword +-olus -ole1
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
gladiolus, corpus sternum(noun)
the large central part of the breastbone
The center part of the sternum.
Any of several flowering plants, of the genus Gladiolus, having sword-shaped leaves and showy flowers on spikes; gladiola.
Origin: From gladiolus, diminutive of gladius.
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
the middle portion of the sternum in some animals; the mesosternum