Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • Gah! I found a typo, and I don't want to fix it, or it'll look like I just made this comment!

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

    May 31, 2008

  • 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