from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In many tropical countries colonized by the Spanish, a name applied generally to plants of the pineapple family, from their resemblance in habit of growth to a pineapple, especially Bromelia Pinguin, a plant with rigid, sword-like leaves armed with recurved spines and much used for hedges to inclose garden-patches.
  • n. In Porto Rico, a name applied to epiphytal bromelias and other epiphytal plants, including a number of orchids; among the latter, Cyrtopodium punctatum, Ornithidium coccinium, and Oncidium Baueri.


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