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.
1865-70; < New LatinBromeli(a), the type genus of the family (named after Olaus Bromelius (1639-1705), Swedish botanist; see -ia) + -ad1
(brō-mē'lē-ād') 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.