Bromeliad (noun, “Bro-ME-lee-add”)
This is a word used to describe plants in the family Bromeliaceae. These plants grow in the tropics, the region around the Earth’s equator. But they are popular in cooler places as indoor houseplants. Some grow on the ground. Others are epiphytes and grow on trees. Their long, often spiky leaves form a circle, leaving a bowl in the center where water collects. Animals such as tree frogs may use the water as a place to lay their eggs. The leaves come not only in shades of green, but also in other colors such as red and white.
Famous bromeliads include the pineapple. It’s a delicious treat on its own, but its stem also contains the enzyme bromelain, which is used to tenderize meat.
In a sentence
Bromeliads are more than ornamental — their leaves can suck up pollutants from the air.
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