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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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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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One is home to a collection of bougainvilleas with magenta, orange, white and crimson flowers.
Bougainvilleas always do best when they receive plenty of fresh air.
These pigments show up in four-o'clocks (Mirabilisjalapa), portulacas, and certain other flashy flowers related to carnations, cacti, and bougainvilleas. Previous research on the pigments missed their capacity to fluoresce, says Gandia-Herrero.
Dunn organizes weekend trips during the semester to sites in Overtown, where students work for eight hours planting bougainvilleas, roses, shrimp plants, and vegetables like sweet potatoes, greens, and string beans.
With bougainvilleas, train them around a wigwam of 5ft canes, secured with string at the top.
As I walked through my south Florida neighborhood one morning, past the red bougainvilleas and budding banana trees, I passed several homes where I was greeted by furiously snarling dogs behind chainlink fences.
Igniting gardens with flamboyant colors, bougainvilleas spread recklessly over fences and trellises throughout the West.
VIBRANT luscious colours, dreamy scents and eye-catching blooms conjure up memories of holidays in the Mediterranean where beautiful bougainvilleas and awesome oleanders hog the limelight in the sunny streets and gardens.
Hang bougainvilleas, lantanas, and jasmine where they'll get full sun.
More portable plants can be grown in hanging baskets and a new range of bougainvilleas that have been specially bred for the purpose are available from Grimsdyke House, 12 Southcourt Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex TN39 3AR.