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frangipani

[fran-juh-pan-ee, -pah-nee] /ˌfræn dʒəˈpæn i, -ˈpɑ ni/
noun, plural frangipanis, frangipani.
1.
a perfume prepared from or imitating the odor of the flower of a tropical American tree or shrub, Plumeria rubra, of the dogbane family.
2.
the tree or shrub itself.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < French frangipane, after Marquis Muzio Frangipane or Frangipani a 16th-century Italian nobleman, the supposed inventor of the perfume
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Examples from the web for frangipani
  • Their inspiration comes from natural forms such as frangipani, bamboo, and banana and lotus leaves.
  • Floral gifts should exclude frangipani, which are the flowers used in funeral wreaths.
  • Surrounded by frangipani trees, the airy lobby welcomes guests with views of the ocean, as well as the dramatic three-tiered pool.
  • It is perfumed with frangipani and splashed with color from the flowering apricot blossoms and orchids.
  • Honesty and altruism win out before the varicolored dusk sets over the frangipani and the lagoon.
British Dictionary definitions for frangipani

frangipani

/ˌfrændʒɪˈpɑːnɪ/
noun (pl) -panis, -pani
1.
any tropical American apocynaceous shrub of the genus Plumeria, esp P. rubra, cultivated for its waxy typically white or pink flowers, which have a sweet overpowering scent
2.
a perfume prepared from this plant or resembling the odour of its flowers
3.
(Austral) native frangipani, an Australian evergreen tree, Hymenosporum flavum, with large fragrant yellow flowers: family Pittosporaceae
Word Origin
C17: via French from Italian: perfume for scenting gloves, named after the Marquis Muzio Frangipani, 16th-century Roman nobleman who invented it
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Word Origin and History for frangipani
n.

type of shrub, 1864; earlier frangipane, a type of perfume (1670s), from French frangipane (16c.), said to be from Frangipani, the family name of the Italian inventor.

FRANGIPANI, an illustrious and powerful Roman House, which traces its origin to the 7th c., and attained the summit of its glory in the 11th and 12th centuries. ... The origin of the name Frangipani is attributed to the family's benevolent distribution of bread in time of famine. ["Chambers's Encyclopædia," 1868]

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