from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Sword-shaped, as a leaf of an iris.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. sword-shaped

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sword-shaped; resembling a sword in form, as the leaf of the iris, or of the gladiolus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sword-shaped; having the form of a sword, either straight or curved, as the legume of a plant; ensiform.


New Latin gladiātus, from Latin gladius, sword; see gladiator.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin gladius sword. (Wiktionary)



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  • Gladiate equals ensiform, except shorter and broader (OEM).

    December 10, 2011