gladiolus[glad′ē ō′ləs; also glə dī′ə ləs]
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noun pl. glad·i·o·li or glad·i·o·lus·es
- also glad·i·o·la Botany Any of numerous plants of the genus Gladiolus, native chiefly to tropical and southern Africa and having sword-shaped leaves and showy, variously colored, irregular flowers arranged in one-sided spikes. Also called sword lily.
- Anatomy The large middle section of the sternum.
Origin: Middle English gladiol, from Latin gladiolus, wild iris, diminutive of gladius, sword; see gladiator.
gladiolus - Medical Definition
noun pl. glad·i·o·lus·es or glad·i·o·li