Definition of gladiolus
gladioliplay \ˌgla-dē-ˈō-(ˌ)lē, -ˌlī\
1 or plural gladiolus also gladioluses : any of a genus (Gladiolus) of chiefly African perennial plants of the iris family with erect sword-shaped leaves and spikes of brilliantly colored irregular flowers arising from corms
2 : the large middle portion of the sternum
Recent Examples of gladiolus from the Web
Bulb-type plants: Achimenes, African iris, bulbine, caladium, canna, crinum, crocosmia, day lily, eucharis lily, gladiolus, gloriosa lily, peacock ginger, society garlic, spiderwort, rain lily and walking iris.
Frank Neuhauser, who was from Kentucky and sponsored by The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, won with the word gladiolus, a flower.
Bulbs-type plants: Achimenes, African iris, agapanthus, amaryllis, blackberry lily, bulbine, caladiums, canna, crinum, crocosmia, day lily, eucharis lily, gladiolus, gloriosa lily, peacock ginger, society garlic, rain lily and walking iris.
Bulbs: Achimenes, agapanthus, blood lilies, bulbine, caladiums, calla lilies, cannas, crinums, day lilies, eucharis lily, gladiolus, gloriosa lilies, peacock ginger, society garlic, spider lilies and rain lilies.
Plant summer blooming bulbs including cannas, callas, caladiums, dahlias, gladiolus, lilies, tuberose, tuberous begonia, Nerine, Tigridia pavonia and Watsonia.
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Origin and Etymology of gladiolus
New Latin, from Latin, gladiolus, from diminutive of gladius
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
GLADIOLUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gladiolus for English Language Learners
: a plant with long, stiff leaves and brightly colored flowers
GLADIOLUS Defined for Kids
Definition of gladiolus for Students
gladioli\-lē, -ˌlī\ or
: a plant with long stiff pointed leaves and stalks of brightly colored flowers
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