Gladiolus
Gladiolus Gla*di"o*lus, n.; pl. L. {Gladioli}, E. {Gladioluses}. [L. See {Gladiole}.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

2. (Anat.) The middle portion of the sternum in some animals; the mesosternum. [1913 Webster]


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  • GLADIOLUS — apud Plain. l. 21. c. 11. Post hanc gladiolus comitatus hyazinthis: flos est, quem ξιφίον seu φασγάνιον vocat Theophrast. Latinique Scriptores retentâ voce Graecâ Xiphium vocant. Alias Gladiolus Romanis idem, qui ξίρις et ξυρὶς Graecis, lilio… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Gladíolus — L. (Siegwurz, Netzschwertel), Gattung der Iridazeen, ausdauernde Gewächse mit von braunen, parallel oder netzfaserigen Scheiden umgebenen Knollen, bis über 1 m hohen einfachen, am Grunde beblätterten Stengeln, linien oder schwertförmigen Blättern …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • gladiolus — c.1000, from L. gladiolus wild iris, lit. small sword, dim. of gladius sword (see GLADIATOR (Cf. gladiator)); so called by Pliny in reference to the plant s sword shaped leaves. The O.E. form of the word was gladdon. Form gladiol is attested mid… …   Etymology dictionary

  • gladiolus — [glad΄ē ō′ləs; ] also [ glə dī′ə ləs] n. pl. gladioluses or gladioli [glad΄ē ō′lī΄, ] also [ glə dī′əlī΄] [ModL < L, sword lily, small sword, dim. of gladius: see GLADIATOR] 1. any of a genus (Gladiolus) of plants of the iris family, with… …   English World dictionary

  • Gladiŏlus — (G. L.), Pflanzengattung aus der Familie der Irideen, 3. Kl. 1. Ordn. L.; von den zahlreichen Arten werden einige zu den neu gebildeten Gattungen: Anomatheca, Babiana, Cunonia Büttn., Homoglossum, Synotia Petamenes, Watsonia, Tritonia, Waizia u.a …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Gladiolus — Gladiŏlus L., Siegwurz, Schwertel, Gladiōle, Pflanzengattg. der Iridazeen. G. commūnis L. (Allermannsharnisch), mit früher offizinellen Wurzeln, in Südeuropa. G. byzantīnus Mill. Südeuropa, G. psittacīnus Hook. aus Südafrika, G. gandavensis Hort …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Gladiolus — Gladiolus,   wissenschaftlicher Name der Pflanzengattung Siegwurz.   …   Universal-Lexikon

  • gladiolus — is pronounced gla di oh lǝs, and the plural form is gladioli, pronounced gla di oh liy …   Modern English usage

  • gladiolus — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}rz. mnż I, D. a, Mc. gladiolussie, bot. {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} roślina o wydłużonych liściach i barwnych, dużych kwiatach; mieczyk <łac.> {{/stl 7}} …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • gladiolus — ► NOUN (pl. gladioli or gladioluses) ▪ a plant with sword shaped leaves and spikes of brightly coloured flowers. ORIGIN Latin, from gladius sword …   English terms dictionary

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