noun \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


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


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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any plant of the genus Bougainvillea, comprising about 14 species of shrubs, vines, or small trees (family Nyctaginaceae) native to South America and hardy in warm climates. Many species are spiny. Only the woody vines are widely popular; showy cultivated varieties of several species are often grown indoors. The inconspicuous flowers are surrounded by brightly coloured papery bracts, for which one species, B. glabra, is called paperflower. The bracts of various species range from purple to lemon-yellow.


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