Definition of bromeliad in US English:

bromeliad

noun

  • A plant native to tropical and subtropical America, typically having short stems with rosettes of stiff, usually spiny, leaves. Some kinds are epiphytic, and many are cultivated as houseplants.

    Family Bromeliaceae: Bromelia and other genera, and numerous species, including the pineapple and Spanish moss

    • ‘Miller also offers a variety of tropical plants, including bromeliads, bougainvillea, citrus, hibiscus, and orchids.’
    • ‘The first orchids were large terrestrial plants, but like bromeliads, orchids took to the trees, where they have diversified to become the largest family of flowering plants.’
    • ‘Where else can you grow bromeliads and orchids outside by simply hanging them in trees?’
    • ‘The plants that he uses include ferns, bromeliads, orchids and palm trees.’
    • ‘Dry heat, common in most houses during the winter, is fine for cactus and succulents, but it's tough on tropicals such as African violets, bromeliads, and orchids.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Bromelia (named by Linnaeus after Olaf Bromel (1639–1705), Swedish botanist) + -ad.

Pronunciation

bromeliad

/broʊˈmiliˌæd//brōˈmēlēˌad/