bou·​gain·​vil·​lea ˌbü-gən-ˈvil-yə How to pronounce bougainvillea (audio)
-ˈvē-ə How to pronounce bougainvillea (audio)
variants or less commonly bougainvillaea
: 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

Examples of bougainvillea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perched high above street level and privately shielded from view behind giant bougainvillea plants and a big driveway gate, the single-story Spanish hacienda was built in 1950 but recently underwent a renovation. James McClain, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 It was made from the carretto and bougainvillea print from a 2014 collection inspired by Taormina on a sunny day, with the bottom of the dress including a motif of the iconic Sicilian carretto wheel. Alexandra MacOn, Vogue, 27 Oct. 2023 The artificial bougainvillea flowers and leaves are made from synthetic fabric intended only for indoor use. Lee Alisha Williams, Southern Living, 18 Sep. 2023 Here, the land is bursting with bright bougainvillea and dotted with Cypress trees. Tom Weijand, Robb Report, 9 Sep. 2023 This coastal enclave, where rooms and suites are housed in white cottages set among olive trees and pink bougainvillea and an open-plan restaurant, bar and lounge with outdoor terrace commands views over the Aegean Sea, is positioned on the lush hillside overlooking Türkbükü Bay. Lauren Jade Hill, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Curl up in a hammock on your casita's terrace and take in the sights and sounds of the jungle canopy, from brightly colored bougainvillea and heliconia flowers to toucans and hummingbirds. House Beautiful, 16 June 2023 Half of the suit is a pretty bougainvillea color, while the other half is a bright mint hue. Phoebe Sklansky, Peoplemag, 16 June 2023 Always say yes to bougainvillea and fire pits! Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 3 July 2022 See More

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Word History


New Latin, from Louis Antoine de Bougainville

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bougainvillea was in 1849

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“Bougainvillea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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