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bougainvillea

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noun bou·gain·vil·lea \ˌbü-gən-ˈvil-yə, ˌbō-, ˌbu̇-, -ˈvē-ə\

Simple Definition of bougainvillea

  • : a tropical plant that has usually red or purple flowers

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bougainvillea

  1. :  any of a genus (Bougainvillaea) of the four-o'clock family of ornamental tropical American woody vines and shrubs with brilliant purple or red floral bracts

Variants of bougainvillea

also

bougainvillaea

Origin and Etymology of bougainvillea

New Latin, from Louis Antoine de Bougainville


First Known Use: 1849


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