noun (plural gladioli /-lī/)
An Old World plant of the iris family, with sword-shaped leaves and spikes of brightly colored flowers, popular in gardens and as a cut flower.
- Genus Gladiolus, family Iridaceae: many species
More example sentences
- The tulip is followed in popularity by the daffodil and other narcissi, the gladiolus, the lily and the crocus.
- In the perennial gardens, the use of colorful and fragrant plants, including gladiolus, iris, tuberose and alstroemeria, is abundant.
- Together with gladioli, lilies and begonias, the dahlias are one of the most important and popular summer-flowering bulbs.
Old English (originally denoting the gladdon, a purple-flowered iris), from Latin, diminutive of gladius 'sword' (used as a plant name by Pliny).
Definition of gladiolus in:
- The British & World English dictionary