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

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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Think orange groves, bright pink bougainvillea, and Spanish Colonial architecture. Archana Ram, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Hotels in San Diego," 27 Feb. 2018 In the cities and towns, golden light shines down on ice plants and bougainvillea, and that is beautiful too. Lydia Kiesling, WSJ, "Trying to Hold on as California Burns," 21 Sep. 2018 The landscaping is immaculate, with palm trees, bougainvillea, and fountains. Archana Ram, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Hotels in San Diego," 27 Feb. 2018 Guests stay in one of a trio of 300-year-old stone buildings, including a 16th-century Renaissance mansion, that surround a garden draped in bougainvillea. Anja Mutić, WSJ, "A Guide to Croatia’s Island Hideouts," 19 July 2018 Magenta bougainvillea dot the space, but tree trunks wrapped in fairy lights and a slight bite in the air hint at autumn. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Sarah Hyland Opens Up About Dialysis and Her Second Kidney Transplant," 10 Dec. 2018 Shuffling off the water taxi, signs lead to a peach villa accented by teal shutters and magnificent bougainvillea. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This French Island Is the Nantucket of the Mediterranean," 16 Aug. 2018 Her Spring 2019 show opened and closed with swimsuits: first, a stripy crochet maillot layered under bike shorts and a glass-and-leather belt, and last, a teeny-tiny, zebra-striped bikini accessorized with a bougainvillea lei. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Considering the Real-Life Applications of Spring 2019’s Haute Swimwear," 25 Oct. 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW Consider bougainvillea, firebush, pentas, moss roses and peppers for containers on your patio. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Container plants perfect for the San Antonio summer heat," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of bougainvillea

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bougainvillea

New Latin, from Louis Antoine de Bougainville

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English Language Learners Definition of bougainvillea

: a tropical plant that has usually red or purple flowers

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