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glad·i·o·lus

 (glăd′ē-ō′ləs)
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.]

gladiolus

(ˌɡlædɪˈəʊləs)
n, pl -lus, -li (-laɪ) or -luses
1. (Plants) Also called: sword lily or gladiola any iridaceous plant of the widely cultivated genus Gladiolus, having sword-shaped leaves and spikes of funnel-shaped brightly coloured flowers
2. (Anatomy) anatomy the large central part of the breastbone
[C16: from Latin: a small sword, sword lily, from gladius a sword]

glad•i•o•lus

(ˌglæd iˈoʊ ləs)

n., pl. -lus, -li (-lī), -lus•es for 1; -li for 2.
1. any plant of the genus Gladiolus, of the iris family, native esp. to Africa, having erect, sword-shaped leaves and spikes of flowers in a variety of colors.
2. the middle segment of the sternum.
[1560–70; < Latin: small sword, sword lily =gladi(us) sword + -olus -ole1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gladiolus - any of numerous plants of the genus Gladiolus native chiefly to tropical and South Africa having sword-shaped leaves and one-sided spikes of brightly colored funnel-shaped flowersgladiolus - any of numerous plants of the genus Gladiolus native chiefly to tropical and South Africa having sword-shaped leaves and one-sided spikes of brightly colored funnel-shaped flowers; widely cultivated
iridaceous plant - any bulbous plant of the family Iridaceae
genus Gladiolus - gladiolas
2.gladiolus - the large central part of the breastbone
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
breastbone, sternum - the flat bone that articulates with the clavicles and the first seven pairs of ribs
Translations
estoquemesosternón

gladiolus

[glædɪˈəʊləs] N (gladiolus or gladioluses or gladioli (pl)) [ˌglædɪˈəʊlaɪ]gladiolo m

gladiolus

n pl <gladioli> → Gladiole f

gladiolus

[ˌglædɪˈəʊləs] ngladiolo
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Driving the growth in the industry are changes in lifestyles - for example, the trend toward ``life celebrations'' with colorful floral arrangements rather than funerals with standard carnations and gladioluses, as well as the increasing availability of exotic blossoms.
Also, gladioluses are prone to a thrips attack in hot weather, but if the bulbs are in the ground now, they'll be able to stave off an assault from these pests.
Other tubers and bulbs that can be planted right now for a spectacular summer show are tuberoses, calla lilies, cannas, gladioluses (or gladiolas), tigridia, dahlias and lilies.