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bougainvillea

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 play \ˌbü-gən-ˈvil-yə, ˌbō-, ˌbu̇-, -ˈvē-ə\

Origin of bougainvillea

New Latin, from Louis Antoine de Bougainville


First Known Use: 1849


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