Bougainvillaea Bou`gain*vil*l[ae]`a, n. [Named from Bougainville, the French navigator.] (Bot.) A genus of plants of the order {Nyctoginace[ae]}, from tropical South America, having the flowers surrounded by large bracts. [1913 Webster]

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  • bougainvillaea — see BOUGAINVILLEA (Cf. bougainvillea) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Bougainvillaea —    The story behind the naming of the bougainvillaea started in 1766 with a three year journey of discovery around the world, from which the woody vine of the four o clock family was brought home to France. This plant, which was named for the… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • Bougainvillaea — n. any tropical widely cultivated plant of the genus Bougainvillaea, with large coloured bracts (usu. purple, red, or white) almost concealing the inconspicuous flowers. Etymology: L. A. de Bougainville, Fr. navigator d. 1811 …   Useful english dictionary

  • bougainvillaea — noun see bougainvillea …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bougainvillaea — bou·gain·vil·lae·a (bo͞o gən vĭlʹē ə, vĭlʹyə, vēʹə, bō ) n. Variant of bougainvillea. * * * …   Universalium

  • bougainvillaea — n. tropical plant …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bougainvillaea — bou·gain·vil·laea …   English syllables

  • genus Bougainvillaea — noun ornamental tropical woody vines • Syn: ↑genus Bougainvillea, ↑Bougainvillaea • Hypernyms: ↑caryophylloid dicot genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Nyctaginaceae, ↑family Nyctaginaceae, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • bougainvillea — also bougainvillaea noun Etymology: New Latin, from Louis Antoine de Bougainville Date: 1849 any of a genus (Bougainvillaea) of the four o clock family of ornamental tropical American woody vines and shrubs with brilliant purple or red floral… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Allioniaceae — noun a family of flowering plants of the order Caryophyllales • Syn: ↑Nyctaginaceae, ↑family Nyctaginaceae, ↑family Allioniaceae, ↑four o clock family • Hypernyms: ↑caryophylloid dicot family • Member Holonyms …   Useful english dictionary

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