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gladiolus


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gladiolus  \Gla*di"o*lus\,  n.;  pl  L.  {Gladioli},  E. 
  {Gladioluses}.  [L.  See  {Gladiole}.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  A  genus  of  plants  having  bulbous  roots  and  gladiate 
  leaves,  and  including  many  species,  some  of  which  are 
  cultivated  and  valued  for  the  beauty  of  their  flowers;  the 
  corn  flag;  the  sword  lily. 
 
  2.  (Anat.)  The  middle  portion  of  the  sternum  in  some  animals; 
  the  mesosternum. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gladiolus 
  n  1:  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  [syn:  {gladiola},  {sword  lily}] 
  2:  the  large  central  part  of  the  breastbone  [syn:  {corpus 
  sternum}] 




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