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frangipani

[fran-juh-pan-ee, -pah-nee]
noun, plural fran·gi·pan·is, fran·gi·pan·i.
  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.
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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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Historical Examples

  • 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.

    The Hill of Venus

    Nathan Gallizier

  • He spoke slowly, and the Frangipani's face expressed satisfaction.

    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

  • "You shrink from the Frangipani," he replied, ignoring her question.

    The Hill of Venus

    Nathan Gallizier


British Dictionary definitions for frangipani

frangipani

noun plural -panis or -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. native frangipani Australian an Australian evergreen tree, Hymenosporum flavum, with large fragrant yellow flowers: family Pittosporaceae
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Word Origin

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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Word Origin and History for frangipani

n.

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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