Definition of frangipani in English:
noun (plural frangipanis)
1A tropical American tree or shrub with clusters of fragrant white, pink, or yellow flowers.
- Genus Plumeria, family Apocynaceae: several species, in particular P. rubra
- Although they look somewhat drab in the winter, frangipanis are wonderfully easy to grow and flower beautifully for many months over summer.
- There were red and purple bougainvillea flowers, scarlet and apricot hibiscus hedges, flame-of-the-forest trees and the sweetly scented waxy-white flowers of the frangipani trees.
- But sometimes, after too many summer days, purple clouds pile up in the sky and a cool wind brings in the sweet-smelling scent of the frangipani flowers outside the window.
1.1 [mass noun] Perfume obtained from the frangipani plant.
- I close my eyes and smell frangipani on the evening air.
- You know the drill - ‘this oil contains notes of fresh frangipani with citrus undertones to awaken your senses’ spoken in the sort of hushed tones reserved for sanctified grounds.
mid 19th century: named after the Marquis Muzio Frangipani, a 16th-century Italian nobleman who invented a perfume for scenting gloves.
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