From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gladiolus \Gla*di"o*lus\, n.; pl. L. Gladioli, E.
   Gladioluses. [L. See Gladiole.]
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   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.
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   2. (Anat.) The middle portion of the sternum in some animals;
      the mesosternum.
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