|—n , pl -lus, -li, -luses|
|1.||sword lily, Also called: gladiola any iridaceous plant of the widely cultivated genus Gladiolus, having sword-shaped leaves and spikes of funnel-shaped brightly coloured flowers|
|2.||anatomy the large central part of the breastbone|
|[C16: from Latin: a small sword, sword lily, from gladius a sword]|
gladiolus glad·i·o·lus (glād'ē-ō'ləs)
n. pl. glad·i·o·lus·es or glad·i·o·li (-lī)
The large middle section of the sternum.