bromeliad
noun Etymology: New Latin Bromelia, genus of tropical American plants, from Olaf Bromelius died 1705 Swedish botanist Date: 1866 any of the chiefly tropical American usually epiphytic plants comprising the pineapple family and including Spanish moss and various ornamentals

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  • bromeliad — from Mod.L. Bromeliaceæ, family name given by Linnæus, for Olaus Bromel (1639 1705), Swedish botanist. Related: Bromeliads …   Etymology dictionary

  • bromeliad — [brō mē′lē ad΄] n. [ModL Bromelia (after O. Bromel, 1639 1705, Swed botanist) + AD1] any member of the pineapple family of plants, usually having stiff, leathery leaves and spikes of bright flowers, as the pineapple and Spanish moss …   English World dictionary

  • bromeliad — bromeliaceous /broh mee lee ay sheuhs/, adj. /broh mee lee ad /, n. 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… …   Universalium

  • bromeliad — noun /brəʊˈmiːliæd,broʊˈmiːliæd/ Any of various tropical or subtropical New World herbaceous plants in the family Bromeliaceae …   Wiktionary

  • bromeliad — [brə mi:lɪad] noun a plant of a tropical and subtropical American family (Bromeliaceae), typically having short stems with rosettes of stiff, spiny leaves. Origin C19: from mod. L. Bromelia (a genus, named after the Swedish botanist Olaf Bromel) …   English new terms dictionary

  • bromeliad — bro·me·li·ad …   English syllables

  • bromeliad — bro•me•li•ad [[t]broʊˈmi liˌæd[/t]] n. pln any plant of the pineapple family • Etymology: 1865–70; < NL Bromeli(a) a genus (after Olaus Bromelius (1639–1705), Swedish botanist bro•me li•a′ceous ˈeɪ ʃəs adj …   From formal English to slang

  • bromeliad — /broʊˈmiliæd/ (say broh meeleead) noun any bromeliaceous plant …   Australian English dictionary

  • bromeliad — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bromeliad treefrog — Taxobox name = Bromeliad treefrog status = EN | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Amphibia ordo = Anura familia = Hylidae genus = Bromeliohyla species = B. bromeliacia binomial = Bromeliohyla bromeliacia… …   Wikipedia

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