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.
frangipani (plural frangipanis)
- Any of several tropical American trees, of the genus Plumeria, having showy, funnel-shaped flowers
- A perfume originally obtained from these flowers