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bromeliad Syllabification: bro·me·li·ad
Pronunciation: /brōˈmēlēˌad/

Definition of bromeliad in English:


A plant native to tropical and subtropical America, typically having short stems with rosettes of stiff, usually spiny, leaves. Some kinds are epiphytic, and many are cultivated as houseplants.
Example sentences
  • 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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