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 for Gladiolus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gladiolus \Gla*di"o*lus\, n.; pl. L. Gladioli, E.
     Gladioluses. [L. See Gladiole.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. (Bot.) A genus of plants having bulbous roots and gladiate
        leaves, and including many species, some of which are
        cultivated and valued for the beauty of their flowers; the
        corn flag; the sword lily.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Anat.) The middle portion of the sternum in some animals;
        the mesosternum.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: any of numerous plants of the genus Gladiolus native
           chiefly to tropical and South Africa having sword-shaped
           leaves and one-sided spikes of brightly colored funnel-
           shaped flowers; widely cultivated [syn: gladiolus,
           gladiola, glad, sword lily]
      2: the large central part of the breastbone [syn: gladiolus,
         corpus sternum]

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