Definition of frangipani
1 : a perfume derived from or imitating the odor of the flower of a frangipani (Plumeria rubra)
2 : 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
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Rooms combine traditional Laotian elements—high-gloss polished wood, local textiles, scattered frangipani flowers—with modern touches, such as spa-quality rain showers and flatscreen TVs.
Deep in the folds of the hill, up steep stone stairs flanked with frangipani trees, stood the inner sanctum of the ancient Khmer temple of Vat Phou.
By nightfall, dinner is served at the beachside restaurant beneath fragrant frangipani trees.
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Origin and Etymology of frangipani
modification of Italian frangipane, from Muzio Frangipane, 16th century Italian nobleman
First Known Use: 1675See Words from the same year
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