bougainvillea

noun
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 world that Sooki inhabited was electrified by greens and blues, purple bougainvillea draping over hot-pink walls, colors too vivid to be explained. Ann Patchett, Harper's Magazine, "These Precious Days," 5 Jan. 2021 If temperatures again are forecast to fall below 40 degrees, move cold-sensitive plants such as bougainvillea, plumeria, mandivillea and oriental hibiscus into shelter. ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Plant cyclamen now for amazing winter color in your San Antonio garden," 12 Nov. 2020 Cutting the bougainvillea back to a consistent size and shape removes the potential flowers. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Bougainvilleas bloom better with more growth," 5 Dec. 2020 If temperatures again are forecast to fall below 40 degrees, move cold-sensitive plants such as bougainvillea and oriental hibiscus into shelter. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Great native Texas trees to plant for shade in your San Antonio yard and garden," 5 Nov. 2020 The house is tucked into one end of its 0.39-acre lot, adjoining a large side garden with bougainvillea, bamboo, ferns and citrus trees. New York Times, "House Hunting in Panama: Tucked Into the Mountains for $580,000," 4 Nov. 2020 Santa Barbara,’ society garlic ‘Silver lace,’ rock purslane, blue chalksticks, bougainvillea, crassula campfire. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rancho San Diego landscape earns award for colorful, waterwise ‘room with a view’," 20 Sep. 2020 Among the virtual rainbow of plants are foxtail agave, sea lavender, society garlic, blue chalksticks, lantana, Texas sundrop, paddle plants, butterfly bush, cape plumbago, agapanthus and a small bougainvillea bush. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rancho San Diego landscape earns award for colorful, waterwise ‘room with a view’," 20 Sep. 2020 In this case, bougainvillea does not match your list. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Reader wants a flowering vine with evergreen foliage: Coral honeysuckle is the answer," 3 Sep. 2020

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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 Jan 2021

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“Bougainvillea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bougainvillea. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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bougainvillea

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bougainvillea

: a tropical plant that has usually red or purple flowers

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