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