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.
Historical Examples

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2 Various
Kit Musgrave’s Luck Harold Bindloss
The Fortieth Door Mary Hastings Bradley
A Voyage in the ‘Sunbeam’ Annie Allnut Brassey
The Way of Ambition Robert Hichens
On the Origin and Metamorphoses of Insects Sir John Lubbock
The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story Various
Diplomatic Days Edith O’Shaughnessy
Kit Musgrave’s Luck Harold Bindloss
Diplomatic Days Edith O’Shaughnessy

any tropical woody nyctaginaceous widely cultivated climbing plant of the genus Bougainvillea, having inconspicuous flowers surrounded by showy red or purple bracts

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