plural noun

: a family of tropical American epiphytic or terrestrial herbs or subshrubs (order Xyridales) that have basal often spiny leaves and flowers in dense spikes, panicles, or heads with large often colored bracts and that include several plants (such as the pineapple) of economic importance

Word History


New Latin, from Bromelia, type genus + -aceae

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“Bromeliaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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