[boo-guh n-vil-ee-uh, -vil-yuh, boh-]
- any of several shrubs or vines of the genus Bougainvillea, native to South America, having small flowers with showy, variously colored bracts, and often cultivated in warm regions.
Origin of bougainvillea
1789; < New Latin, named after L. A. de Bougainville
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Examples from the Web for bougainvillea
Wolf crossed the flags, and when he stopped by the bougainvillea his face was red.
Betty in white by the bougainvillea, Olivia on the veranda in her black and gold.
Jefferson sat in the shade of the bougainvillea and pondered some letters.
And there are palms and cypress-trees, and bougainvillea and other climbing vines.The Ship Dwellers
Albert Bigelow Paine
The gardens are full of camellias, roses, bougainvillea, &c.A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam'
Annie Allnut Brassey
- any tropical woody nyctaginaceous widely cultivated climbing plant of the genus Bougainvillea, having inconspicuous flowers surrounded by showy red or purple bracts
C19: New Latin, named after Louis Antoine de Bougainville (1729–1811), French navigator
Word Origin and History for bougainvillea
type of woody vine, 1866, named for French navigator Louis Bougainville (1729-1811).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper