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- ‘In fact, one of its early English language common names was sword lily.’
- ‘The leaves of the Gladiolus are sword-shaped, hence the common name ‘sword lily’.’
- ‘They were at one time referred to, as ‘sword lilies ‘or ‘corm lilies ‘, as the plants are formed from round, flattened bulbs, called ‘corms‘.’
- ‘In addition, gladioli have attractive sword-shaped leaves which, by the way, have led to their common name, ‘sword lilies.’’
- ‘Suddenly the old Chinese woman whom I'd walked past on the sidewalk half an hour earlier moved across the window, a tall sprig of sword lily in one hand.’
sword lily/sô(ə)rd ˈlilē/
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