- 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
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Frangipani is too yielding, and Orsini is too like a vexed bull.Rienzi
Edward Bulwer Lytton
He went so far as to bring his mistress to the Frangipani palace.
He spoke slowly, and the Frangipani's face expressed satisfaction.
And the Frangipani's society is the price you pay for your high estate.
"You shrink from the Frangipani," he replied, ignoring her question.
- 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
- native frangipani Australian 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
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]
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