bromeliad

noun
bro·​me·​li·​ad | \ brō-ˈmē-lē-ˌad How to pronounce bromeliad (audio) \

Definition of bromeliad

: any of the chiefly tropical American usually epiphytic plants comprising the pineapple family and including Spanish moss and various ornamentals

Examples of bromeliad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Problem: Dank, Boggy Bathroom Air Solution: Ferns love lingering dampness, as do bromeliads (the latter often have fairly wimpy roots and truly need ambient humidity to stay alive). Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Good Plants for Bad Spaces: How to Get Your Greenery Thriving in the Most Challenging Conditions," 14 Jan. 2020 That’s the word used to describe similar sprouts coming up around a mature bromeliad plant. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Down to Earth: Bagging bagworms worth the unpleasant effort," 16 Jan. 2020 The fair will offer both native and exotic plans from all over the state including orchids, air plants, fruit trees, bamboo and bromeliads. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Mount Dora Plant and Garden Fair returns for 25th year," 6 Nov. 2019 Orchids and bromeliads reverse the process at night and in a bedroom will keep the air well oxygenated. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Bonnie Blodgett: As the inside season arrives, here are some tips to help us all get along," 2 Nov. 2019 When the eggs hatch, the frog piggybacks its tadpoles up into trees, placing them in water accumulated within tree holes and bromeliads. Geetha Iyer, National Geographic, "This surprisingly smart frog makes maps in its mind," 25 July 2019 Note such treatment affects all bromeliads within the spray. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Cut stems to increase number of crape myrtle flower heads," 20 July 2019 Inside, melodious Chinese hwamei birds chirp in tall white cages, dramatic art works adorn the walls, while giant bromeliads and orchids brighten each corner. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Why pro-democracy troublemaker Jimmy Lai is the only Hong Kong multi-millionaire standing up to China," 27 Aug. 2019 Take time to visit the special areas for orchids, bromeliads, cacti, carnivorous plants, and bees. National Geographic, "See Rio like a Nat Geo Explorer," 11 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of bromeliad

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bromeliad

New Latin Bromelia, genus of tropical American plants, from Olaf Bromelius †1705 Swedish botanist

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The first known use of bromeliad was in 1866

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16 Feb 2020

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“Bromeliad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bromeliad. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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