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Any of various mostly epiphytic tropical American plants of the family Bromeliaceae, usually having long stiff leaves, colorful flowers, and showy bracts. Bromeliads include the pineapple, Spanish moss, and many ornamentals.
[From New Latin Bromelia, type genus, after Olaf Bromelius (1639-1705), Swedish botanist.]
(Plants) any plant of the tropical American family Bromeliaceae, typically epiphytes with a rosette of fleshy leaves. The family includes the pineapple and Spanish moss
[C19: from New Latin Bromelia type genus, after Olaf Bromelius (1639–1705), Swedish botanist]
any plant of the pineapple family.
[1865–70; < New Latin Bromeli(a) a genus (after Olaus Bromelius (1639–1705), Swedish botanist]
bro•me`li•a′ceous (-ˈeɪ ʃəs) adj.
Any of various tropical and subtropical plants found mainly in the Americas, usually having long, stiff leaves and colorful flowers. Many species of bromeliad grow on trees as epiphytes. The pineapple and Spanish moss are bromeliads.