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aechmea

[ eek-mee-uh, eek-mee-uh ]

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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Word History and Origins

Origin of aechmea1

< New Latin (1794), probably based on Greek aichmḗeis armed with a spear, derivative of aichmḗ spear point, spear; -a 2

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