Definition of bromeliad in English:


Line breaks: bro|meliad
Pronunciation: /brəˈmiːlɪad


  • A plant of tropical and subtropical America, typically having short stems with rosettes of stiff, spiny leaves. Some kinds are epiphytic and many are cultivated as pot plants.
    • Family Bromeliaceae: Bromelia and other genera, and numerous species, including the pineapple and Spanish moss
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    • Miller also offers a variety of tropical plants, including bromeliads, bougainvillea, citrus, hibiscus, and orchids.
    • The plants that he uses include ferns, bromeliads, orchids and palm trees.
    • Dry heat, common in most houses during the winter, is fine for cactus and succulents, but it's tough on tropicals such as African violets, bromeliads, and orchids.


mid 19th century: from modern Latin Bromelia (named by Linnaeus after Olaf Bromel (1639–1705), Swedish botanist) + -ad1.

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