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frangipani

[ fran-juh-pan-ee, -pah-nee ]
/ ˌfræn dʒəˈpæn i, -ˈpɑ ni /
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noun, plural fran·gi·pan·is, fran·gi·pan·i.

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.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for frangipani

frangipani
/ (ˌfrændʒɪˈpɑːnɪ) /

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

Word Origin for frangipani

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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