bougainvillea

noun bou·gain·vil·lea \ ˌbü-gən-ˈvil-yə , ˌbō- , ˌbu̇- , -ˈvē-ə \
variants: or less commonly bougainvillaea
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of bougainvillea

New Latin, from Louis Antoine de Bougainville


BOUGAINVILLEA Defined for English Language Learners

bougainvillea

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Definition of bougainvillea for English Language Learners

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


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