American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A nyctaginaceous genus of climbing shrubs, natives of tropical and subtropical South America. The numerous flowers are in clusters of three, subtended by as many large colored bracts. B. spectabilis and some other species are frequently cultivated in greenhouses, and are very ornamental.
- 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.
- 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
- Named after French admiral and explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville (1729-1811). (Wiktionary)
- New Latin Bougainvillea, genus name, after Louis Antoine de Bougainville. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“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.”
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“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.”
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