Meaning of “bougainvillea” in the English Dictionary


"bougainvillea" in English

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bougainvilleanoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌbuː.ɡənˈvɪl.i.ə/ us /ˌbuː.ɡənˈvɪl.i.ə/

Examples from literature

  • I saw all the fruits of the islands in matchless profusion, intermingled with magnificent ferns, the dazzling bougainvillea, the brilliant flamboyant-tree, and a thousand creepers and plants. 
  • Sometimes a little wreath of ascending smoke, curling above the purple petals of bougainvilleas, or the red cloud of oleanders, told her of his presence, in some retired thinking-place. 
  • The tall houses of the city gave place to villas draped in bougainvillea behind gardens of trees. 
  • The wealth of the bougainvillea's masses of lustrous magenta was matched by the dazzling flamboyant, trees forty feet high, and their foliage a hundred in circumference, a sheen of crimson. 
  • Yellow marigolds may follow, then another ring of red roses, then lilac bougainvillea, then something blue, after which you may have a circle of white jasmine, and so on. 

(Definition of “bougainvillea” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)