Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various usually epiphytic bromeliad plants of the genus Tillandsia, such as Spanish moss, of tropical and subtropical America.

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  • n. Any of the genus Tillandsia of American epiphytes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An immense genus of epiphytic bromeliaceous plants confined to tropical and subtropical America. They usually bear a rosette of narrow overlapping basal leaves, which often hold a considerable quantity of water. The spicate or paniculate flowers have free perianth segments, and are often subtended by colored bracts. Also, a plant of this genus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of plants, of the order Bromeliaceæ, the pineapple family, type of the tribe Tillandsieæ.
  • n. [lowercase] A plant of this genus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large genus of epiphytic or terrestrial sparse-rooting tropical plants usually forming dense clumps or pendant masses

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin Tillandsia, genus name, after Elias Tillands (1640-1693), Finno-Swedish botanist.

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From the genus name.

Examples

  • Those trees, and the tillandsia are not winter hardy where I live, sadly.

    Cherry Mash-Mish Monday « Fairegarden

  • Even the spanish moss in live oaks is a tillandsia, pretty cool.

    Bromeliads-Cryptanthus and Tillandsia « Fairegarden

  • The tillandsia bromeliads were tied onto the structure with fishing line, padded with a little spanish moss, which is also another tillandsia, T. usncoides.

    Bromeliads-Cryptanthus and Tillandsia « Fairegarden

  • The large live oak tree on one of the holes, dripping with spanish moss, actually a bromeliad tillandsia, makes this a majestic scene.

    The Beach Vacation 2008 « Fairegarden

  • The Angolan orchilla was first sent to Lisbon by Sr.F. R. Batalha: it is a moss, like the tillandsia of the Southern United States, and I afterwards recognized it in the island of Annobom.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • Each gust of wind is putrid, and with fog rolling over the shore and nothing growing on the barren earth save the silvery gray shadows of tillandsia, a plant that lives on dew, the land appears doomed, as if haunted by the past.

    One River

  • The moss (_tillandsia usneoides_) served to calk the rude vessel of the first French colonists, longing for home.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 71, September, 1863

  • In the immediate background was a grove of tillandsia, fragrant and cool.

    The Pay Yeoman

  • She halted abruptly by a giant tillandsia, and the paymaster approached and stood at her side.

    The Pay Yeoman

  • Perhaps thereafter she may bear you through the immense silence of drenched rice-fields, where the yellow-green level is broken at long intervals by the black silhouette of some irrigating machine; -- but, whichever of the five different routes be pursued, you will find yourself more than once floating through sombre mazes of swamp-forest, -- past assemblages of cypresses all hoary with the parasitic tillandsia, and grotesque as gatherings of fetich-gods.

    Chita: a Memory of Last Island

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