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bougainvillea

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

: a tropical plant that has usually red or purple flowers

Full Definition of BOUGAINVILLEA

:  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

bou·gain·vil·lea also bou·gain·vil·laea \ˌbü-gən-ˈvil-yə, ˌbō-, ˌb-, -ˈvē-ə\

Origin of BOUGAINVILLEA

New Latin, from Louis Antoine de Bougainville
First Known Use: 1849

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