[ boo-guh n-vil-ee-uh, -vil-yuh, boh- ]
/ ˌbu gənˈvɪl i ə, -ˈvɪl yə, ˌboʊ- /


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.


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Origin of bougainvillea

1789; < New Latin, named after L. A. de Bougainville

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British Dictionary definitions for bougainvillea



/ (ˌbuːɡənˈvɪlɪə) /


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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