from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. Anatomy The large middle section of the sternum.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The center part of the sternum.
- n. Any of several flowering plants, of the genus Gladiolus, having sword-shaped leaves and showy flowers on spikes; gladiola.
Middle English gladiol, from Latin gladiolus, wild iris, diminutive of gladius, sword; see gladiator.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin gladiolus ("little sword, sword lily"), diminutive of gladius ("sword"). (Wiktionary)