frangipani

[fran-juh-pan-ee, -pah-nee]
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:
1860–65; < French frangipane, after Marquis Muzio Frangipane or Frangipani a 16th-century Italian nobleman, the supposed inventor of the perfume

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frangipani (ˌfrændʒɪˈpɑːnɪ)
 
n , 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
 
[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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frangipani
type of shrub, 1864; earlier frangipane, a type of perfume (1670s), from Fr. frangipani, said to be the name of the Italian inventor.
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Example sentences
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.
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