from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A West Indian plant of the Pineapple family (Nidularium Karatas).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Bromelia (Nidularium)Karatas, a plant allied to the pineapple, native in South America and the West Indies. It is one of the fiber-yielding species of Bromelia, and is sometimes called silkgrass.
- n. [capitalized] A genus of monocotyledonous plants of the natural order Bromeliaceæ closely related to Bromelia, from which it differs chiefly in having the flowers in dense, sessile, terminal heads among the upper leaves.
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