[ 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

Related forms

bro·me·li·a·ceous [broh-mee-lee-ey-shuh s] /broʊˌmi liˈeɪ ʃəs/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bromeliad


/ (brəʊˈmiːlɪˌæd) /


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 for bromeliad

C19: from New Latin Bromelia type genus, after Olaf Bromelius (1639–1705), Swedish botanist
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Science definitions for bromeliad


[ brō-mēlē-ăd′ ]

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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