fran·gi·pa·ni noun \ˌfran-jə-ˈpa-nē, -ˈpä-\
plural fran·gi·pani also fran·gi·panni
: a perfume derived from or imitating the odor of the flower of a frangipani (Plumeria rubra)
: any of a genus (Plumeria) of shrubs or small trees of the dogbane family that are native to the American tropics and widely cultivated as ornamentals
Origin of FRANGIPANI
modification of Italian frangipane,
from Muzio Frangipane,
16th century Italian nobleman
First Known Use: 1675
frangipani noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Any of the shrubs or small trees that make up the genus Plumeria, in the dogbane family, native to the New World tropics and widely cultivated as ornamentals; also, a perfume derived from or imitating the odour of the flower of one species, P. rubra. The white-edged, yellow flowers of the Mexican frangipani (P. rubra acutifolia) are a popular component of the Hawaiian lei.
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