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[fran-juh-pan-ee, -pah-nee] /ˌfræn dʒəˈpæn i, -ˈpɑ ni/
noun, plural frangipanis, frangipani.
a perfume prepared from or imitating the odor of the flower of a tropical American tree or shrub, Plumeria rubra, of the dogbane family.
the tree or shrub itself.
1860-65; < French frangipane, after Marquis Muzio Frangipane or Frangipani a 16th-century Italian nobleman, the supposed inventor of the perfume Unabridged
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Examples 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


noun (pl) -panis, -pani
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
a perfume prepared from this plant or resembling the odour of its flowers
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for frangipani
type of shrub, 1864; earlier frangipane, a type of perfume (1670s), from Fr. frangipani, said to be the name of the Italian inventor.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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