Frangipani meaning

frănjə-pănē, -pänē
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Any of various deciduous shrubs or trees of the genus Plumeria, native to tropical America and widely naturalized elsewhere, having milky sap and showy, fragrant, funnel-shaped, variously colored flowers.
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A perfume derived from or similar in scent to the flowers of one of these shrubs or trees.
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A creamy pastry filling flavored with almonds.
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Any of a genus (Plumeria) of tropical American shrubs and trees of the dogbane family, with large, funnel-shaped flowers and milky sap; specif., a small tree (P. rubra) with fragrant, reddish flowers that are used, in Hawaii, to make leis.
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A perfume obtained from, or scented like, such flowers.
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A custard dessert or a custard filling for cakes and tarts, usually flavored with ground almonds.
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Any of several tropical American trees, of the genus Plumeria, having showy, funnel-shaped flowers.
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A perfume originally obtained from these flowers.
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Origin of frangipani

  • French frangipane after Muzio Frangipani , 16th-century Italian marquis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From an Italian noble family, a sixteenth-century marquess who invented a plumeria-scented perfume. The name comes from frangi "breaking" + pani "bread," a reference to the family's distribution of bread in time of famine.

    From Wiktionary