Gladiolus definition

glădē-ōləs
(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.
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(anatomy) The large middle section of the sternum.
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Any of a genus (Gladiolus) of plants of the iris family, with swordlike leaves, corms, and tall spikes of funnel-shaped flowers in various colors.
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(anat.) The central part of the sternum.
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(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.
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(anatomy) The large middle section of the sternum.
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(anatomy) The center part of the sternum.
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Any of several flowering plants, of the genus Gladiolus, having sword-shaped leaves and showy flowers on spikes; gladiola.
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A taxonomic genus within the tribe Ixieae — the gladioli..
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Noun

Singular:
gladiolus
Plural:
gladioli

Origin of gladiolus

  • Middle English gladiol from Latin gladiolus wild iris diminutive of gladius sword gladiator

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin gladiolus (“little sword, sword lily”), diminutive of gladius (“sword”).

    From Wiktionary