Gladiolus

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Gladiolus (family Iridaceae) A genus of herbs produced from corms, which have showy, irregular flowers, each enclosed in its own spathe on the spike-like inflorescence. There are some 180 species, in Europe, Asia, and Africa; African species are those most grown in gardens.

gladiolus

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glad·i·o·lus / ˌgladēˈōləs/ • n. (pl. gladioli / -lī/ or gladioluses) a widely cultivated plant (genus Gladiolus) of the iris family, with sword-shaped leaves and spikes of brightly colored flowers.

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gladiolus Genus of c.250 species of perennial flowering plants native to Europe and Africa but cultivated widely. A gladiolus passes the dry season as a corm, which sprouts in spring to produce a spike of funnel-shaped flowers and tall, lance-shaped leaves. Height: to 0.91m (3ft). Family Iridaceae.

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gladiolus (glad-i-oh-lŭs) n. the middle and largest segment of the sternum.

gladiolus

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gladiolus XVI. — L., dim. of gladius sword.