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bougainvillea

/ˌbuːɡənˈvɪlɪə/
noun
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any tropical woody nyctaginaceous widely cultivated climbing plant of the genus Bougainvillea, having inconspicuous flowers surrounded by showy red or purple bracts
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, named after Louis Antoine de Bougainville (1729–1811), French navigator
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