from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several South American woody shrubs or vines of the genus Bougainvillea having groups of three petallike, showy, variously colored bracts attached to the flowers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several South American flowering shrubs or lianas, of the genus Bougainvillea, having three showy, colorful bracts attached below each group of three inconspicuous flowers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A nyctaginaceous genus of climbing shrubs, natives of tropical and subtropical South America.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several South American ornamental woody vines of the genus Bougainvillea having brilliant red or purple flower bracts; widely grown in warm regions
New Latin Bougainvillea, genus name, after Louis Antoine de Bougainville.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after French admiral and explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville (1729-1811). (Wiktionary)