1. [ noun ] (botany) 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
Synonyms: sword_lily gladiola
Related terms: iridaceous_plant genus_Gladiolus
2. [ noun ] (anatomy,zoology) the large central part of the breastbone
Synonyms: corpus_sternum
Related terms: os sternum
Similar spelling:   gladiola