from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of American tropical plants, of the natural order Bromeliaceæ, including four or five species having rigid, spiny-margined leaves closely packed upon a short stem.

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  • noun the type genus of the family Bromeliaceae which includes tropical American plants with deeply cleft calyx


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  • Müller, Dr. Fritz, on inhabitants of bromelia leaves, 118 on butterfly, deceived by its mimic, 245 his explanation of mimicry among protected genera, 252

    Darwinism (1889)

  • Fritz Müller has also found, among the bromelia leaves, a small frog bearing its eggs on its back, and having some other peculiarities of structure.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • But in the species inhabiting bromelia leaves there is no need for swimming, and accordingly we find the tarsi entirely bare.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • Several beautiful little aquatic plants of the genus Utricularia or bladder-wort also inhabit bromelia leaves; and these send runners out to neighbouring plants and thus spread themselves with great rapidity.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • It is believed that the transmission of this species from one tree to another must be effected by the young crustacea, which are very minute, clinging to beetles, many of which, both terrestrial and aquatic, also inhabit the bromelia leaves; and as some water-beetles are known to frequent the sea, it is perhaps by these means that the first emigrants established themselves in this strange new abode.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • Large pine-apples are there found of a delicious flavour; that species of bromelia always grows solitary among the gramina, like our Colchicum autumnale, while the B. karatas, another species of the same genus, is a social plant, like our whortleberries and heaths.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • One of the most esteemed qualities of this bromelia is the cauterising property of its juice -- well known to the natives of the Mexican table-land, and to the Peruvians, where several species are found of like virtues.

    The War Trail The Hunt of the Wild Horse

  • This plant, a bromelia, is of the same genus as the _Agave Americana_, and by travellers often confounded with the latter, though quite a distinct plant from the _maguey_ of cultivation.

    The War Trail The Hunt of the Wild Horse

  • From this vegetable root hung the mournful _bromelia_, sometimes drooping down to the very surface of the water, so as to sweep our faces and shoulders as we passed under it.

    The Quadroon Adventures in the Far West

  • There were also blow-pipes hung up, and quivers and bags made of the bromelia, very elaborately worked.

    On the Banks of the Amazon


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