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See also: Gladiolus
gladiolus (plural gladioli)
- (anatomy) The center part of the sternum.
- Any of several flowering plants, of the genus Gladiolus, having sword-shaped leaves and showy flowers on spikes; gladiola.
1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 20, The Dust of Conflict:
- Hester Earle and Violet Wayne were moving about the aisle with bundles of wheat-ears and streamers of ivy, for the harvest thanksgiving was shortly to be celebrated, while the vicar stood waiting for their directions on the chancel steps with a great handful of crimson gladioli.
Diminutive of gladius (“sword”).