from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Botany Any of numerous plants of the genus Gladiolus, native chiefly to tropical and southern Africa and having sword-shaped leaves and showy, variously colored, irregular flowers arranged in one-sided spikes. Also called sword lily.
- n. Anatomy The large middle section of the sternum.
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- n. The center part of the sternum.
- n. Any of several flowering plants, of the genus Gladiolus, having sword-shaped leaves and showy flowers on spikes; gladiola.
Neuhauser won the first national bee in 1925, acing the word "gladiolus" - which happened to be a kind of flower his family grew back home in Louisville, Ky.
Neuhauser won in 1925 with the word "gladiolus" and Bell won in 1926 with the "cerise," so bee officials placed an arrangement of cerise-colored gladioli at the base of the trophy pedestal onstage.
WASHINGTON - Frank Neuhauser, who in 1925 won the first U.S. national spelling bee with the word "gladiolus," has died.
Frank Neuhauser, who in 1925 won the first national spelling bee with the word "gladiolus," has died.
Plant summer bulbs such as gladiolus, dahlias and lilies.
Laura is gone, to the sadness of her family, her Ladies in White and of every gladiolus that has grown and will ever grow over the length and breadth of this island.
Frank Neuhauser: First National Spelling Champ Frank Neuhauser may have had a bigger challenge spelling his own name than the winning word of the first national spelling bee: gladiolus.
The flowers I remember from growing up were old-fashioned summer flowers: marigolds, zinnias, calendula, gladiolus, nasturtium, hollyhocks.
Thrips feed by sucking the juice out of the leaves and flowers of plants, like vegan mosquitoes, and cause white emaciated damage (see this illustration of gladiolus thrips, by USDA illustrator Art Cushman).
But he hoped he at least would earn a point or two for using lilies, freesias, delphiniums and gladiolus.
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