gladiolus

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noun glad·i·o·lus \ˌgla-dē-ˈō-ləs\

Definition of gladiolus

plural

gladioli

play \ˌgla-dē-ˈō-(ˌ)lē, -ˌlī\
  1. 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. 2 :  the large middle portion of the sternum

Illustration of gladiolus

Origin and Etymology of gladiolus

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


First Known Use: 15th century


GLADIOLUS Defined for English Language Learners

gladiolus

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noun glad·i·o·lus \ˌgla-dē-ˈō-ləs\

Definition of gladiolus for English Language Learners

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


GLADIOLUS Defined for Kids

gladiolus

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noun glad·i·o·lus \ˌgla-dē-ˈō-ləs\

Definition of gladiolus for Students

plural

gladioli

\-lē, -ˌlī\ or

gladiolus

also

gladioluses

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


Medical Dictionary

gladiolus

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noun glad·i·o·lus \ˌglad-ē-ˈō-ləs\

Medical Definition of gladiolus

plural

gladioli

\-(ˌ)lē, -ˌlī\play play
  1. :  the large middle portion of the sternum lying between the upper manubrium and the lower xiphoid process—called also mesosternum

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