noun, plural glad·i·o·lus, glad·i·o·li [glad-ee-oh-lahy] /ˌglæd iˈoʊ laɪ/, glad·i·o·lus·es for 1; glad·i·o·li for 2.
Origin of gladiolus
Examples from the Web for gladiolus
Historical Examples of gladiolus
I know men who fall like this into the iris, the dahlia, the gladiolus and the peony.Child and Country
Will Levington Comfort
Gladiolus, anemones, roses, and mignonette fill the air with fragrance.Round the Wonderful World
G. E. Mitton
To secure the best effect from it, the Gladiolus should be planted in masses.Amateur Gardencraft
Eben E. Rexford
The Tuberose may be used in the garden with the same effect as the Gladiolus.A Garden with House Attached
Sarah Warner Brooks
They are said to be superior to any gladiolus hitherto introduced.Talks about Flowers.
M. D. Wellcome
noun plural -lus, -li (-laɪ) or -luses
Word Origin for gladiolus
c.1000, from Latin gladiolus "wild iris," literally "small sword," diminutive of gladius "sword" (see gladiator); so called by Pliny in reference to the plant's sword-shaped leaves. The Old English form of the word was gladdon. Form gladiol is attested mid-15c.; the modern use perhaps represents a 1560s reborrowing from Latin.