[syn: gladiolus, corpus sternum]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gladiolus \Gla*di"o*lus\, n.; pl. L. Gladioli, E.
Gladioluses. [L. See Gladiole.]
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.
2. (Anat.) The middle portion of the sternum in some animals;
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: 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 [syn: gladiolus,
gladiola, glad, sword lily]
2: the large central part of the breastbone [syn: gladiolus,