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Gladiolus

Gladiolus is the name of a genus of flowers that have sword-shaped leaves and brightly colored flowers. The name comes from Latin gladiolus meaning “little sword, sword lily” which is a diminutive of gladius (sword) which derives from Gaulish *kladyos (sword) via Proto-Celtic *kladiwos  (sword) from a Proto-Indo-European root word meaning “to break, beat”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Gladio (Italian, Latin)
  • Gladius (Latin)

 

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