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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the tribe Ixieae — the gladioli..

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. The middle portion of the sternum in some animals; the mesosternum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. pl. gladioli (-lī). A plant of the genus Gladiolus; a sword-lily.
  • n. [capitalized] A genus of very beautiful iridaceous plants, with corms or bulb-like rhizomes, and erect leafy stems bearing a spike of large and very variously colored flowers.
  • n. In anat., the intermediate segments of the sternum, between the manubrium and the xiphoid or ensiform appendage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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
  • n. the large central part of the breastbone

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