Definition of frangipani in English:

frangipani

noun

  • 1A tropical American tree or shrub with clusters of fragrant white, pink, or yellow flowers.

    • ‘Here, in the debilitating heat, breathing in the thick scent of the frangipani trees which shade the graves, a grim episode of 20th century history becomes poignantly and powerfully vivid.’
    • ‘In the evening, exotic birds make strange sounds and the night air is scented with tropical blooms like hibiscus, frangipani and bougainvillea.’
    • ‘The temple complex, earlier than Angkor, is a steep climb up through frangipani trees - but the view from the top and the early carvings, some almost hidden by the jungle, make the effort worth-while.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are sitting outside the council building, admiring what a local told us was the largest frangipani tree in the world.’
    • ‘And from our breakfast perch on the windowless hotel verandah high above a rainswept gorge almost overrun with verdant, luxuriant jungle dotted with palms, frangipani, hibiscus and pink orchids, the rain was positively uplifting.’
    • ‘Propagating frangipani is simple and do it in the winter when sap movement is at its least.’
    • ‘Although they look somewhat drab in the winter, frangipanis are wonderfully easy to grow and flower beautifully for many months over summer.’
    • ‘The frangipani, gardenias and jasmine will all be in flower for Christmas.’
    • ‘Semi-tropical plants such as frangipani and hibiscus should not be moved until October when the ground is warmer.’
    • ‘Our frangipani tree in the front yard had been snapped in half.’
    • ‘Our hotel had the most exquisite gardens with bonsai and frangipani trees everywhere.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A giant frangipani tree overshadows the house, which remains the family home.’
    • ‘Apart from that, frangipanis are pretty hardy, and a bit of root pruning on one side will probably have little effect on your magnificent sounding tree.’
    • ‘I have written all my life about that street, the frangipani, giant baobabs, lush and long gardens.’
    • ‘The path through an entrance pavilion (embellished by a Bertoia sculpture) opens into a magical stony garden, a fragment of desert outcrop sprouting spiny cacti and frangipani.’
    • ‘During the months of summer place your frangipani in a warm sunny position with good air movement’
    • ‘Common plants used include manioc, yam, papaya, mango, lime, and frangipani.’
    • ‘Andra said he added lighting to embellish the frangipani tree and turn it into a natural ornament during the evening so that when viewed from the stairway, people can still see the tree's luscious dark green leaves and its exotic flowers.’
    1. 1.1 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.’

Origin

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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