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n. pl. glad·i·o·li (-lī, -lē) or glad·i·o·lus·es
1. also glad·i·o·la (-lə) 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. Also called sword lily.
2. Anatomy The large middle section of the sternum.

[Middle English gladiol, from Latin gladiolus, wild iris, diminutive of gladius, sword; see gladiator.]


[ˌglædiˈəʊlaɪ] nplglaïeuls mpl
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ALTHOUGH the most fun to be had from gladioli is to watch Dame Edna Everage throwing big, gaudy ones from the stage, there are a few that have a poetic beauty.
New bulbs Plant your summerflowering bulbs, such as gladioli, into the garden and tubs and pots.
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The best of them are the nanus hybrids, which have a dainty poise, quite unlike the in-your-face extravagance of the gladioli that Dame Edna Everage used to strew among her audiences.
The impressive flower spikes of Gladioli come in a wide array of beautiful colors.
All 40 members have been challenged to each grow a gladioli, which will be entered for judging as part of new novice classes designed for newcomers to competition.
Colourful Australian comedienne Dame Edna claimed them as her own and gladioli are a great way to bring vibrant colour into your home this summer.
But since, we have started growing gladioli, we earn around 15,000 to 16,000 rupees," said Kuldeep Raj, a farmer.
Following floriculture crops are being grown in different areas of Pakistan including roses, tuberoses, gladiolus, marigold, lilium, chrysanthemum (Pattoki/Lahore), roses, gladioli, carnation, day lily etc (Islamabad/Rawalpindi), tulip, lilies, narcissus, gladioli, roses (Balochistan), daffodil, predominantly (Narcissus, Tazeta) (Northern region (mainly area of Swat and Abbottabad).
There's a wealth of choice for both containers and borders, from fragrant lilies and dahlias, to cannas, gladioli, crocosmia and the Californian firecracker, Dichelostemma ida-maia.
Even the most glamorous flowers -- irises and gladioli, for instance -- will benefit from a background (or foreground) of leafy stems.