[ boo-vahr-dee-uh ]

  1. any tropical shrub belonging to the genus Bouvardia, of the madder family, having cymes of red, yellow, or white tubular flowers.

Origin of bouvardia

1805; <New Latin; named after Charles Bouvard (died 1658), French physician; see -ia

Words Nearby bouvardia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bouvardia in a sentence

  • I did not answer a word, but sat with a wreath of white bouvardia and small adiantum round my head, which I had plaited anyhow.

    Erema | R. D. Blackmore
  • I have no difficulty in keeping my bouvardia in the cellar, the leaves drop off, but they come out anew in the spring.

    Talks about Flowers. | M. D. Wellcome