Definition of gladdon in English:



  • A purple-flowered iris native to Eurasia and North Africa, which produces an unpleasant odour, especially when bruised.

    Also called stinking iris
    • ‘One of them is the reserve of gladdons located near the southern town gates.’
    • ‘The gladdon is a good plant for dry shade and will thrive even under yew trees.’
    • ‘Its botanical name is Iris foetidissima and it is also known as stinking gladwin or gladdon.’
    • ‘It belongs to a section of the Iris family called Limniris, which also includes closely-related I. lazica 3 and British native I. foetidissima (gladdon, or stinking iris).’
    • ‘This plant is also known as sweet root, sweet rush, sweet cane, sweet flag, gladdon, sweet myrtle, myrtle grass, myrtle sedge, and cinnamon sedge.’


Old English glædene, based on Latin gladiolus (see gladiolus).