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  • n. A Hindu scripture.
  • n. Any member of the genus Puya of bromeliad plants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of monocotyledonous plants of the order Bromeliaceæ, unlike the rest of its tribe Pitcairnieæ in its loculicidal, not septicidal, dehiscence, and otherwise characterized by a filiform style, three-valved capsule, and numerous seeds surrounded by a wing.
  • n. See pooa.
  • n. A textile fiber yielded by the pooa.


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From the genus name.


  • Skipped the guajillos to try some puya chiles ... they seem to be quite hot.

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  • The picadores are dully clad in brown, their legs protected by steel armor, their stolid, fleshy heads crowned by the steel, Saturn-like helms, and they carry the cruel picas, the lance with the puya, the steel head.

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  • Some scholars believe that the term Chachapoya is a corruption of sacha puya.

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  • The mountain slope had the aspect of a desert garden, with great cascades of Spanish moss, flowering stalks of puya and aloe, and cacti of many species growing alongside bunch grass, lycopodiums, and hardy orchids.

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  • The puya had never blossomed before so staff weren't sure about when the flowers would come.

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  • It is said - by Alasdair Moore, of Tresco Abbey Garden, on the Isles of Scilly - that, plucked on a dewy morning - one puya flower contains a delicious nip of syrupy nectar, providing a honey espresso for the jaded gardener, as well as the busy pollinator.

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  • We're obviously doing something right because two other species of puya are showing signs that they will also soon be in flower.

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  • When the puya blossoms, the individual flowers can measure a couple of inches and provide a deep receptacle for the nectar that the birds, bees and even some gardeners - with due diligence to the vicious thorns - to enjoy.

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  • As they rot, they become compost and feed the soil around the puya.

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  • Omar brings together the guembri, a traditional musical instrument from the Gnawa culture of North Africa, with bata drums, and Afro-Venezuelan percussion instruments such as the quitipla and culo e 'puya.

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  • "...he saw a scattered grove of what for a moment he took to be thick-stemmed palm-trees about fifteen feet high: but some of them had a great solid spike rising as much again above the palm-like crown.... The leaves were like those of an agave, fierce-pointed and with hooked thorns all along their sides: the great spike was an ordered mass of close-packed flowers, pale yellow, thousands and thousands of them. 'Mother of God,' he said. And after a while, 'It is a bromeliad.'

    'Yes, sir,' said Eduardo, delighted, proprietorial. 'We call it a puya.'"

    --P. O'Brian, The Wine-Dark Sea, 201

    March 16, 2008