Definition of bougainvillea in English:

bougainvillea

Line breaks: bou¦gain|vil¦lea
Pronunciation: /ˌbuːg(ə)nˈvɪlɪə
 
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(also bougainvillaea)

noun

  • An ornamental shrubby climbing plant that is widely cultivated in the tropics. The insignificant flowers are surrounded by large, brightly coloured papery bracts which persist on the plant for a long time.
    • Genus Bougainvillea, family Nyctaginaceae
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    • Standards of plants not requiring dormant cycles, such as bougainvillea, hibiscus, ivies or geraniums, have a simple winter culture.
    • Anthuriums, roses, hibiscuses, chrysanthemums, lilies and bougainvilleas were some of the other carnations that were on display.
    • Miller also offers a variety of tropical plants, including bromeliads, bougainvillea, citrus, hibiscus, and orchids.

Origin

named after Louis de Bougainville (see Bougainville, Louis Antoine de).

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