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  • n. Gladiolus.

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


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  • The fireflies and somehow that makes their blinking like that amazing, and it's cheering and reassuring to know that that flower you thought was called a gladiola is in fact a gladiola.

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  • She kept gladiola in a tall vase on her desk: yellow and apricot, colors that buzz.

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  • Senate is, and we can light it on fire and build, perhaps, a field of gladiola on the ground where it once stood.

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  • When I see an azalea in Amityville, a sycamore in Syosset, or a gladiola in Great Neck, I am proud to think that I might have, in my small way, contributed to the beauty of America.


  • The Crocosmia are never dug for the winter and neither are the gladiola that were not supposed to be bulb hardy in this zone.

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  • Everyone loves the smoked salmon, caviar and avocado appetizer, and the ladies can look forward to a romantic gift of a single gladiola stem as they exit the restaurant.

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  • French windows, save where the black shadows of stripling walls and the fantastic shadows of iron chairs slithered down into a gladiola bed.

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  • The parlor attendant moves the gladiola arrangements out of his way.

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  • They mail-ordered forty thousand multicolored gladiola bulbs, rented two acres of Edson Tucker's soybean fields—the two acres closest to Uncle Jake's house—and had Edson disc under the stubble from last year's soybeans.

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  • He was sure of its identity, because the gladiola closest to it was drooping sadly.

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