Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several South American woody shrubs or vines of the genus Bougainvillea having groups of three petallike, showy, variously colored bracts attached to the flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several South American flowering shrubs or lianas, of the genus Bougainvillea, having three showy, colorful bracts attached below each group of three inconspicuous flowers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A nyctaginaceous genus of climbing shrubs, natives of tropical and subtropical South America.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several South American ornamental woody vines of the genus Bougainvillea having brilliant red or purple flower bracts; widely grown in warm regions

Etymologies

New Latin Bougainvillea, genus name, after Louis Antoine de Bougainville.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after French admiral and explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville (1729-1811). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The bougainvillea were an explosion of purple, pink, crimson, and all the shades in between, in the bright, hot, and unrelenting sun.

    Nomad

  • Then you'd realize that "bougainvillea" is ... etcetera etcetera etcetera...

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • Watch out for cold, clear nights and protect tender plants such as bougainvillea, citrus, fuchsias and succulents that are open to the sky and vulnerable to frost.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • Larger shrubs such as bougainvillea, lace hydrangea and hibiscus provide structure in the garden, though Varone is still waiting for the Knockout roses to fill in.

    Berks county news

  • When frost is expected, protect tender garden plants such as bougainvillea, citrus, fuchsia and succulents by covering them.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • Immaculate lawns are punctuated with palms and other carefully selected native plants and trees, such as bougainvillea, frangipanis and climbers, to provide a balance of fragrance, colour and shade.

    Saylow's Blog

  • Or the cobblestone-streeted one south of the Rio Cuale, with little cafes and bougainvillea-covered hillsides?

    Help appreciated in location choice!

  • It's not just the clichéd mounds of bougainvillea that tumble over tiny balconies and frame windows painted classic Cycladic blue and white; it's the discovery of a 15th century castle, right next to the bar where I was absorbed with matters far too pressing to realize that I was seated next to a 500-year-old wall.

    Kate Monro: Back To The Scene Of The Crime In Greece 20 Years Later

  • Here, it is easy to just sit back and take in the abundance and beauty of colourful tropical flowers and fruits, including bananas, mangos, bougainvillea, hibiscus, while drinking a beer that still costs less that one U.S. dollar.

    La Peñita de Jaltemba: Nayarit beach with a turtle sanctuary

  • Seeing, however, that you were a visitor by the front entrance, you could not answer the beckonings of the wilderness-garden, but must follow the windings of the avenue, on and on, until the wild growth on either side gave place to spreading lawns and trim flower-beds, the pine-trees ended, and you came round a kind of corner formed by an immense bush of scarlet bougainvillea, and so found the house smiling a welcome.

    Archive 2009-03-01

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