[boo-gan-veel for 1; boo-guh n-vil, boh-, French boo-gan-veel for 2]
- Louis An·toine de [lwee ahn-twan duh] /lwi ɑ̃ˈtwan də/, 1729–1811, French navigator.
- the largest of the Solomon Islands, in the W Pacific Ocean: part of Papua New Guinea. 4080 sq. mi. (10,567 sq. km).
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Bougainville was the first Frenchman who sailed round the world.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
Bougainville and called by him Louisiade, and probably joins to it.Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora
The rumor of the English invasion was confirmed by Bougainville.Canada: the Empire of the North
Agnes C. Laut
Two vessels were placed under the orders of M. de Bougainville.
Still, Bougainville's worst apprehensions were not upon this score.
- an island in the W Pacific, in Papua New Guinea: the largest of the Solomon Islands: unilaterally declared independence in 1990; occupied by government troops in 1992, and granted autonomy in 2001. Chief town: Kieta. Area: 10 049 sq km (3880 sq miles)
- Louis Antoine de (lwi ɑ̃twan də). 1729–1811, French navigator