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
Recent Examples of bougainvillea from the Web
Pruning time for azaleas and camellias is over; continue to prune gardenias and bougainvillea.
Mr. Mapp said in an interview at Government House, the ornate seat of the territorial government, perched on a hillside overlooking the lush palms and bougainvillea of the capital, Charlotte Amalie, on St. Thomas.
The island of Capri off the end of the Sorrento peninsula south of Naples conjures images of the perfect Mediterranean idyll, of plunging sea views, picturesque piazzas and spilling bougainvilleas.
Its dreamy whitewashed villas are flanked by low palms and draped with bright pink bougainvillea -- reminiscent of villas in Morocco or the Greek islands.
Every detail from the namesake marble to the waiter’s crisp khaki uniforms to the cascading bursts of pink bougainvillea at the arched entryway adds to the always-summer allure.
The two-story house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and balconies that overlook the cobbled Plaza de San Diego, with hanging planters brimming with bougainvillea and other colorful tropical plants.
This impression is reinforced by a snapshot of Berman, at the age of seventy-four, smiling in front of a bougainvillea tree in Rome, wearing a white suit set off—in an exception to her own rule—by a snazzy blue-and-green tie.
Streets lined with yellow and white houses and colorful bougainvillea might look familiar—the entire first act of Ang Lee's Life of Pi was filmed here (the town's Botanical Gardens from 1826 stood in for a zoo, CGI tiger aside).
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Origin and Etymology of bougainvillea
New Latin, from Louis Antoine de Bougainville
First Known Use: 1849See Words from the same year
BOUGAINVILLEA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bougainvillea for English Language Learners
: a tropical plant that has usually red or purple flowers
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