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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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
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Translations
estoquemesosternón

gladiolus

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

n pl <gladioli> → Gladiole f
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gladiolus

[ˌglædɪˈəʊləs] ngladiolo
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References in classic literature ?
Here I found some young onions, a couple of gladiolus bulbs, and a quantity of immature carrots, all of which I secured, and, scrambling over a ruined wall, went on my way through scarlet and crimson trees towards Kew-- it was like walking through an avenue of gigantic blood drops--possessed with two ideas: to get more food, and to limp, as soon and as far as my strength permitted, out of this accursed unearthly region of the pit.
As lord of the noble House Amicitia, Gladiolus continues a line sworn to protect the crown.
Waxflower, meanwhile, were 3-1 (3,137-2,873) winners against Gladiolus. Hussein Busheeri was in scintillating form, scoring a red hot 701 series that was the league's high for the week.
These include Gladiolus callianthus "Murielae", which can be planted in April and May in deep pots or in good soil in the sun, producing deliciously fragrant delicate white petals with a deep burgundy blotch at the throat, from August to October.
GO for OTT Dame Edna-style glads or more delicate versions such as the rich pink Gladiolus "Byzantinus".
While dahlias have sprung back into fashion in recent years, the once-gaudy gladiolus, a favourite of Dame Edna Everage, is also making a comeback in more subtle colours which would suit most tastes.
Gladiolus corms should be cleaned before storing, by removing the old corm from the base and saving the small cormlets to grow on.
Dahlias and gladiolus accent the bed in late spring and summer.
The European Gladiolus byzantinus, which is a rich dark purple, the purple- violet G.
Some flowers strike fire in the hearts and minds of gardeners and the gladiolus is surely one of those.