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Definition of "gladiolus" [gladiolus]

  • Botany Any of numerous plants of the genus Gladiolus, native chiefly to tropical and southern Africa and having sword-shaped leaves and showy, variously colored, irregular flowers arranged in one-sided spikes. Also called sword lily. (noun)
  • Anatomy The large middle section of the sternum. (noun)

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Use "gladiolus" in a sentence
  • "Neuhauser won the first national bee in 1925, acing the word "gladiolus" - which happened to be a kind of flower his family grew back home in Louisville, Ky."
  • "Neuhauser won in 1925 with the word "gladiolus" and Bell won in 1926 with the "cerise," so bee officials placed an arrangement of cerise-colored gladioli at the base of the trophy pedestal onstage."
  • "WASHINGTON - Frank Neuhauser, who in 1925 won the first U.S. national spelling bee with the word "gladiolus," has died."