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
The Gladiolus is also well adapted to cutting, and is very effective when used in tall vases, the entire stalk being taken.Amateur Gardencraft|Eben E. Rexford
When the gladiolus is grown as a field crop, there are so many tops together that they support each other to some extent.
The illustration shows a gladiolus bottom, half size, when taken up in November.The Nursery Book|Liberty Hyde Bailey
This frequent stirring is beneficial in itself, and it promotes the destruction of the foes which prey upon Gladiolus roots.
They wonder why this is so, and some become convinced that the gladiolus will in time revert to some original species.
British Dictionary definitions for gladiolus
noun plural -lus, -li (-laɪ) or -luses
Word Origin for gladiolus
Word Origin and History 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.