|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]|
|bromeliad (brō-mē'lē-ād') Pronunciation Key
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.