gladiolus

noun
glad·​i·​o·​lus | \ ˌgla-dē-ˈō-ləs How to pronounce gladiolus (audio) \
plural gladioli\ ˌgla-​dē-​ˈō-​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce gladioli (audio) , -​ˌlī \

Definition of gladiolus

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

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Examples of gladiolus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aquarius Aquarius flowers are the orchid (representing refined uniqueness) and gladiolus (a symbol of remembrance and strong character). Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Check Your Floroscope—Here’s the Perfect Flower for Every Astrology Sign," 5 Mar. 2020 This is, in part, because the season is longer and gladioli have more time to grow outdoors without getting cut down on frosts. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "The light is coming back. It’s time to get spring bulbs out of storage," 27 Feb. 2020 This is damage from a common insect pest of gladioli called gladiolus thrips. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Gladiolus thrips: How to prevent and spot these pests on your gladioli," 26 May 2018 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. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 Medium-height plants may include calendulas, peonies, gladiolus, lilies, standing cypress, echinacea, daisies, gaillardia, Swiss chard, zinnias or any annual or perennial that loves full sun exposure. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Cottage gardens can include edibles as well as ornamentals | Idaho Statesman," 21 Mar. 2018 Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "What to plant now? March offers wide range of gardening opportunities | The Sacramento Bee," 2 Mar. 2018 Southern California Plant summer-blooming bulbs, corms, and tubers, including acidanthera, agapanthus, tuberous begonias, caladiums, calla lilies, dahlias, daylilies, gladiolus, iris, ixia, montbretias, tiger flowers, tuberoses, and watsonias. Thad Orr, Sunset, "Your Essential Gardening To-Do List for April," 22 Jan. 2018 Southern California Plant summer-blooming bulbs, corms, and tubers, including acidanthera, agapanthus, tuberous begonias, caladiums, calla lilies, dahlias, daylilies, gladiolus, iris, ixia, montbretias, tiger flowers, tuberoses, and watsonias. Thad Orr, Sunset, "Your Essential Gardening To-Do List for April," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of gladiolus

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gladiolus

New Latin, from Latin, gladiolus, from diminutive of gladius

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“Gladiolus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gladiolus. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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gladiolus

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English Language Learners Definition of gladiolus

: a plant with long, stiff leaves and brightly colored flowers

gladiolus

noun
glad·​i·​o·​lus | \ ˌgla-dē-ˈō-ləs How to pronounce gladiolus (audio) \
plural gladioli\ -​lē , -​ˌlī \ or gladiolus also gladioluses

Kids Definition of gladiolus

: a plant with long stiff pointed leaves and stalks of brightly colored flowers

gladiolus

noun
glad·​i·​o·​lus | \ ˌglad-ē-ˈō-ləs How to pronounce gladiolus (audio) \
plural gladioli\ -​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce gladioli (audio) , -​ˌlī How to pronounce gladioli (audio) \

Medical Definition of gladiolus

: the large middle portion of the sternum lying between the upper manubrium and the lower xiphoid process

called also mesosternum

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