Definitions of gladiolus
  1. noun
    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
    synonyms: glad, gladiola, sword lily
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    type of:
    iridaceous plant
    any bulbous plant of the family Iridaceae
  2. noun
    the large central part of the breastbone
    synonyms: corpus sternum
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    type of:
    bone, os
    rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
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