plumeria

[ ploo-mee-ree-uh ]

noun
  1. any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Plumeria in the dogbane family, native to tropical regions and having simple, opposite leaves, usually showy flowers, and a milky sap that can be irritating to the eyes or skin; frangipani: Plumeria is an important crop in Hawaii, with millions of flowers sold to be used in leis every year.

  2. the flower of a plumeria tree:The temple courtyard is carpeted with plumeria, the Lao national flower.

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