Pit·​cair·​nia | \ pitˈka(a)rnēə \

Definition of Pitcairnia

: a large genus of tropical often epiphytic herbs (family Bromeliaceae) that have fleshy leaves with spiny margins and flowers with showy bracts

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History and Etymology for Pitcairnia

New Latin, from William Pitcairn †1791 English physician and botanist + New Latin -ia

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“Pitcairnia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pitcairnia. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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