bougainvillea definition

  • noun:
    • Any of a few Southern American woody shrubs or vines associated with the genus Bougainvillea having sets of three petallike, showy, variously coloured bracts attached to the plants.
    • any one of a few South American flowering bushes or lianas, of the genus Bougainvillea, having three showy, colorful bracts attached below each number of three hidden blossoms.
    • A nyctaginaceous genus of climbing bushes, locals of tropical and subtropical South America.
    • some of a few Southern American ornamental woody vines for the genus Bougainvillea having brilliant purple or purple flower bracts; extensively cultivated in hot regions

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