[ 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.

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



/ (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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