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[broh-mee-lee-ad] /broʊˈmi liˌæd/
any of numerous, usually epiphytic tropical American plants, having long, stiff leaves and showy flowers, and including the pineapple, Spanish moss, and many species grown as houseplants or ornamentals.
Origin of bromeliad
1865-70; < New Latin Bromeli(a), the type genus of the family (named after Olaus Bromelius (1639-1705), Swedish botanist; see -ia) + -ad1
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[broh-mee-lee-ey-shuh s] /broʊˌmi liˈeɪ ʃəs/ (Show IPA),
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any plant of the tropical American family Bromeliaceae, typically epiphytes with a rosette of fleshy leaves. The family includes the pineapple and Spanish moss
Derived Forms
bromeliaceous, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Bromelia type genus, after Olaf Bromelius (1639–1705), Swedish botanist
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Word Origin and History for bromeliad

from Modern Latin Bromeliaceæ, family name given by Linnæus, for Olaus Bromel (1639-1705), Swedish botanist. Related: Bromeliads.

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bromeliad in Science
Any of various tropical American plants of the family Bromeliaceae, most of which are epiphytes. They usually have long stiff leaves, colorful flowers, and showy bracts. The bromeliads include the pineapple, the Spanish moss, and numerous ornamental plants.
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