[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.

Nearby words

  1. bouffant,
  2. bouffe,
  3. bougainvillaea,
  4. bougainville,
  5. bougainville, louis antoine de,
  6. bough,
  7. boughed,
  8. boughpot,
  9. bought,
  10. boughten

Origin of bougainvillea

1789; < New Latin, named after L. A. de Bougainville Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bougainvillea




any tropical woody nyctaginaceous widely cultivated climbing plant of the genus Bougainvillea, having inconspicuous flowers surrounded by showy red or purple bracts

Word Origin for bougainvillea

C19: New Latin, named after Louis Antoine de Bougainville (1729–1811), French navigator

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Word Origin and History for bougainvillea



type of woody vine, 1866, named for French navigator Louis Bougainville (1729-1811).

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