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; < Neo-Latin Bromeli(a), the type genus of the family (named after Olaus Bromelius (1639–1705), Swedish botanist; see -ia) + -ad1

bromeliaceous [broh-mee-lee-ey-shuhs] , adjective Unabridged
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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
[C19: from New Latin Bromelia type genus, after Olaf Bromelius (1639--1705), Swedish botanist]

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from Mod.L. Bromeliaceæ, family name given by Linnæus, for Olaus Bromel (1639-1705), Swed. botanist. Related: Bromeliads.
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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.
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Example sentences
Often, she finds it in the base of a bromeliad plant leaf, which naturally forms a small cup with the plant's stalk.
It features the desert garden, succulent garden, moat garden and the new bromeliad garden.
There are no road signs, no roads, and dirt trails cut through the bromeliad forests.
If you have bromeliad plants, regularly rinse them out with a garden hose.
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