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aechmea

[eek-mee-uh, eek-mee-uh]
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noun
  1. any of various epiphytic bromeliads of the genus Aechmea, native to tropical America, having stiff, spiny leaves and clusters of red, yellow, or blue flowers: popular as a houseplant.
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Origin of aechmea

< New Latin (1794), probably based on Greek aichmḗeis armed with a spear, derivative of aichmḗ spear point, spear; see -a2
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