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
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The island of Capri off the end of the Sorrento peninsula south of Naples conjures images of the perfect Mediterranean idyll, of plunging sea views, picturesque piazzas and spilling bougainvilleas.
The two-story house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and balconies that overlook the cobbled Plaza de San Diego, with hanging planters brimming with bougainvillea and other colorful tropical plants.
Wilder was engineered to contain the genes of wheat, bougainvillea, jellyfish, frog, camel and many other organisms.
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Origin and Etymology of bougainvillea
New Latin, from Louis Antoine de Bougainville
First Known Use: 1849
BOUGAINVILLEA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bougainvillea for English Language Learners
: a tropical plant that has usually red or purple flowers
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