bougainvillea

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noun bou·gain·vil·lea \ˌbü-gən-ˈvil-yə, ˌbō-, ˌbu̇-, -ˈvē-ə\
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bougainvillaea

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Definition of bougainvillea

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of bougainvillea

New Latin, from Louis Antoine de Bougainville


First Known Use: 1849


BOUGAINVILLEA Defined for English Language Learners

bougainvillea

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noun bou·gain·vil·lea \ˌbü-gən-ˈvil-yə, ˌbō-, ˌbu̇-, -ˈvē-ə\

Definition of bougainvillea for English Language Learners

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


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