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Meaning of gladiolus

glad•i•o•lus

Pronunciation: (glad"ē-ō'lus), [key]
— pl. -lus, -li -lus•es -li
  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 and largest segment of the sternum. Cf. manubrium (def. 2a),
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