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

Examples of bougainvillea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The brilliant-but-troubled detective/cop-with-something-extra procedural has crept over the TV listings like so much kudzu, or, to be more local, bougainvillea — lovely to look at in many places but increasingly familiar in form and hue. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 These days, building facades—ranging from baroque to modernist—have been scoured to a blindingly pristine condition, and in spring the many parks and gardens explode with almond trees, magnolias, wild cherry trees and bougainvillea. Christian L. Wright, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 The path to this two-bedroom villa is framed by areca palms as well as great bougainvillea, and honey locust. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Step through Casa Cody’s wrought iron gates under bright bougainvillea and discover estate-like grounds in the heart of Palm Springs’ downtown-adjacent Historic Tennis Club district. Kathy A. Mcdonald, Variety, 25 Mar. 2022 Crawford’s wife, Jenny, of Branch Out Landscape Design, also in Carlsbad, added drought-tolerant plants to complement the house and deck, including red bougainvillea, plumeria, lomandra, asparagus foxtail ferns, agaves and pittosporum crassifolium. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 When graffiti and trash started accumulating along this no-man’s land, the residents planted bougainvillea. Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2022 There are overwater and land options; skip the former in favor of a spacious, bougainvillea-veiled plot of sand just feet from the ocean. Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Dec. 2021 The giddy oranges and pink bougainvillea tumbling like veritable cascades over the walls of Barichara and nearby Villa de Leyva were a clear inspiration. Christopher Baker, Travel + Leisure, 7 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of bougainvillea was in 1849

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21 May 2022

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“Bougainvillea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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