from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various tropical American deciduous shrubs or trees of the genus Plumeria, having milky sap and showy, fragrant, funnel-shaped, variously colored flowers. Also called temple tree.
- n. A perfume derived from or similar in scent to the flowers of one of these shrubs or trees.
- n. A creamy pastry filling flavored with almonds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several tropical American trees, of the genus Plumeria, having showy, funnel-shaped flowers
- n. A perfume originally obtained from these flowers
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A perfume derived from, or imitating the odor of, the flower of the red jasmine, a West Indian tree of the genus Plumeria.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A perfume prepared from, or imitating the odor of, the flower of a West Indian tree, Plumeria rubra, or red jasmine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various tropical American deciduous shrubs or trees of the genus Plumeria having milky sap and showy fragrant funnel-shaped variously colored flowers
French frangipane, after Muzio Frangipani, 16th-century Italian marquis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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. (Wiktionary)