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bougainvillea

[boo-guh n-vil-ee-uh, -vil-yuh, boh-] /ˌbu gənˈvɪl i ə, -ˈvɪl yə, ˌboʊ-/
noun
1.
any of several shrubs or vines of the genus Bougainvillea, native to South America, having small flowers with showy, variously colored bracts, and often cultivated in warm regions.
Origin of bougainvillea
1789
1789; < New Latin, named after L. A. de Bougainville
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bougainvillea

/ˌbuːɡənˈvɪlɪə/
noun
1.
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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n.

type of woody vine, 1866, named for French navigator Louis Bougainville (1729-1811).

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