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also bou·gain·vil·lae·a  (bo͞o′gən-vĭl′ē-ə, -vĭl′yə, -vē′ə, bō′-)
Any of several woody shrubs or vines of the genus Bougainvillea of Central and South America, having small flowers surrounded by large usually bright red or purple bracts.

[New Latin Bougainvillea, genus name, after Louis Antoine de Bougainville.]
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(ˌbuːɡənˈvɪlɪə) or


(Plants) any tropical woody nyctaginaceous widely cultivated climbing plant of the genus Bougainvillea, having inconspicuous flowers surrounded by showy red or purple bracts
[C19: New Latin, named after Louis Antoine de Bougainville (1729–1811), French navigator]
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(ˌbu gənˈvɪl i ə, -ˈvɪl yə, ˌboʊ-)

n. -le•as.
any of several South American shrubs or vines belonging to the genus Bougainvillea, of the four-o'clock family, having small flowers with showy, variously colored bracts.
[1789; < New Latin, after Latin. A. de Bougainville]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bougainvillea - any of several South American ornamental woody vines of the genus Bougainvillea having brilliant red or purple flower bractsbougainvillea - any of several South American ornamental woody vines of the genus Bougainvillea having brilliant red or purple flower bracts; widely grown in warm regions
Bougainvillaea, genus Bougainvillaea, genus Bougainvillea - ornamental tropical woody vines
Bougainvillea glabra, paper flower - Brazilian vine that tends to flower continuously
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
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[ˌbuːgənˈvɪlɪə] Nbuganvilla f
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[ˌbuːgənˈvɪliə] book-binding > bougainvillaea (British) nbougainvillée f, bougainvillier m
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bougainvillaea [ˌbuːgənˈvɪlɪə] nbuganvillea
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It consists of 75 pastel cottages scattered amidst coconut groves, flamboyant trees, and bougainvillea and hibiscus that separate the ocean and the lagoon.
If you've been to warmer climes you can't fail to have been captivated by the all-conquering bougainvillea, hugging whitewashed walls, scaling drainpipes, cascading over arches and invading trees in a kaleidoscope of colour.
We met at his home, a simple wooden bungalow in the Mar Vista section of the city, its front door half-obscured beneath a hank of bougainvillea. The occasional tanker passing on the distant bay could just be spotted from an unkempt plot of lawn.
IMAGINE if you will, the fabulous pink bracts of Bougainvillea completely smothering the front of your property - I did say imagine as unfortunately this fabulous climber is only suitable for permanent planting outdoors, in frostfree climes.