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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.
Origin of frangipani
1860-65; < French frangipane, after Marquis Muzio Frangipane or Frangipani a 16th-century Italian nobleman, the supposed inventor of the perfume Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Tuberose, lilies of the valley, and frangipani flowers have an almost intoxicating effect on me.

  • frangipani is too yielding, and Orsini is too like a vexed bull.

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • If you are satisfied with that, wear a gardenia in your coat to-night at the frangipani dance.

    Pietro Ghisleri F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
  • The frangipani regarded them for a moment with a contemptuous smile.

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
  • The frangipani, the red jasmine of delicious odor, and tropical gardenias, weighted the warm air with their heavy scents.

  • Your limbs were made for something better than to dangle in the noose of a frangipani.

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
  • The name of this sachet has been handed down to us as being derived from a Roman of the noble family of frangipani.

    The Art of Perfumery G. W. Septimus Piesse
  • He went so far as to bring his mistress to the frangipani palace.

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
  • And the frangipani's society is the price you pay for your high estate.

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
  • He spoke slowly, and the frangipani's face expressed satisfaction.

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
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 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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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