• WordNet 3.6
    • n gladiolus the large central part of the breastbone
    • n 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 flowers; widely cultivated
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gladiolus (Bot) A genus of plants having bulbous roots and gladiate leaves, and including many species, some of which are cultivated and valued for the beauty of their flowers; the corn flag; the sword lily.
    • Gladiolus (Anat) The middle portion of the sternum in some animals; the mesosternum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gladiolus gla-dī′o-lus the plant sword-lily
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. See Gladiole
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. gladiolus, dim. of gladius.


In literature:

Further remarks on Gladiolus will be found at page 329, under 'The Culture of Flowering Bulbs.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
The Gladiolus and its culture.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. IV. October, 1863, No. IV." by Various
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Broom, and cytisus, and hawthorn mingled with roses, gladiolus, and sainfoin.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Gladioluses, Tuberoses, Cannas, and Caladiums, come under this head, and are the best known of this class of bulbs.
"Your Plants" by James Sheehan
Broom, and cytisus, and hawthorn mingled with roses, gladiolus, and saintfoil.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
One of the most popular flowers of the day is the Gladiolus.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
I know men who fall like this into the iris, the dahlia, the gladiolus and the peony.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
Gladiolus, anemones, roses, and mignonette fill the air with fragrance.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
A. Rawson, of Bromley Common, with some complex hybrids of Gladiolus.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin

In poetry:

THERE were many flowers in my mother's garden,
Sword-leaved gladiolus, taller far than I,
Sticky-leaved petunias, pink and purple-flaring,
Velvet-painted pansies staring at the sky;
"The Garden" by Margaret Widdemer

In news:

Crash road blockage has been cleared at Gladiolus Drive and US 41 in south Fort Myers.
Repeatedly, my eyes have almost been poked out by one of the wacky widow's flying gladiolus, but I was too busy laughing my guts out to be all that mortified, possums.
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Three southbound lanes of S. Tamiami Trail are blocked at Gladiolus Dr in Fort Myers due to a crash with injuries.
Learn to grow beautiful summer-flowering bulbs such as canna, calla, gladiolus, and more.
On Sept 16, 2012 the Lee County Sheriff's Office responded to Sweetbay Supermarket, 8650 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers in reference to a grand theft of groceries.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office responded to Sweetbay Supermarket on Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers in reference to a grand theft of groceries.
View full size Old House Gardens Gladioluses come in a wide variety of colors and combinations.
Call it a quick gladiolus getaway.