[ eek-mee-uh, eek-mee-uh ]
/ ikˈmi ə, ˈik mi ə /


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.

Origin of aechmea

< New Latin (1794), probably based on Greek aichmḗeis armed with a spear, derivative of aichmḗ spear point, spear; see -a2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019