Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A perfume derived from or similar in scent to the flowers of one of these shrubs or trees.
  • noun A creamy pastry filling flavored with almonds.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A perfume prepared from, or imitating the odor of, the flower of a West Indian tree, Plumeria rubra, or red jasmine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A perfume derived from, or imitating the odor of, the flower of the red jasmine, a West Indian tree of the genus Plumeria.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several tropical American trees, of the genus Plumeria, having showy, funnel-shaped flowers
  • noun A perfume originally obtained from these flowers

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of various tropical American deciduous shrubs or trees of the genus Plumeria having milky sap and showy fragrant funnel-shaped variously colored flowers

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French frangipane, after Muzio Frangipani, 16th-century Italian marquis.]

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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.

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  • The Frangipani Society of Australia has an interesting webpage about this shrub. Also an interesting logo. (Didn't think it would be kosher to put the website here, but it's easily found by Googling.

    February 3, 2007

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    Also, every time I see this word, I think of the mean chick in "Strictly Ballroom." Heh.

    May 31, 2008

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    July 30, 2011