bro·​me·​li·​ad brō-ˈmē-lē-ˌad How to pronounce bromeliad (audio)
: 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 Add Mosquito Bits granules to the center of bromeliads where water collects. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Aug. 2023 The event will feature exhibits of at least 20 varieties of bromeliads, many of which are known as air plants. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2023 The bromeliad from The Sill thrives in bright indirect light and only requires misting two to three times a week and watering every one to two weeks. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 4 May 2023 Newmar created a prehistoric-looking area for John’s amusement, nestling fake snakes and lizards among Japanese maples, hanging begonias, orchids, and a bromeliad collection. Stephen Orr, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Mar. 2023 Members and vendors will also be selling many types of bromeliads. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2023 Roses create a riot of color in much of the garden, but quieter spaces also exist, like along this brick path amid begonias, tree ferns, and bromeliads. Stephen Orr, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Mar. 2023 Instead, pineapples are actually a type of flowering plant known as bromeliads, according to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s horticulture department. Jacob Livesay, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2023 On weekends, the bromeliad market is open. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bromeliad was in 1866

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“Bromeliad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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