gladiolus

noun glad·i·o·lus \ ˌgla-dē-ˈō-ləs \

Definition of gladiolus

plural gladioli play \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

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Origin and Etymology of gladiolus

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


GLADIOLUS Defined for English Language Learners

gladiolus

noun

Definition of gladiolus for English Language Learners

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


GLADIOLUS Defined for Kids

gladiolus

noun glad·i·o·lus \ ˌgla-dē-ˈō-ləs \

Definition of gladiolus for Students

plural gladioli \-lē, -ˌlī\ or gladiolus also gladioluses
:a plant with long stiff pointed leaves and stalks of brightly colored flowers

Medical Dictionary

gladiolus

noun glad·i·o·lus \ ˌglad-ē-ˈō-ləs \

medical Definition of gladiolus

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

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