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frankincense

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noun frank·in·cense \ˈfraŋ-kən-ˌsen(t)s\

Simple Definition of frankincense

  • : a substance that is burned for its sweet smell and that was used in religious ceremonies in ancient times

Full Definition of frankincense

  1. :  a fragrant gum resin from trees of a genus (Boswellia of the family Burseraceae) of Somalia and southern coastal Arabia that is an important incense resin and has been used in religious rites, perfumery, and embalming

Origin of frankincense

Middle English fraunk encense, from Anglo-French franc encens, from franc (perhaps in sense “of high quality”) + encens incense


First Known Use: 14th century


FRANKINCENSE Defined for Kids

frankincense

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noun frank·in·cense \ˈfraŋ-kən-ˌsens\

Definition of frankincense

  1. :  a plant gum that is burned for its sweet smell




Medical Dictionary

frankincense

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noun frank·in·cense \ˈfraŋ-kən-ˌsen(t)s\

Medical Definition of frankincense

  1. :  a fragrant gum resin from trees (genus Boswellia of the family Burseraceae) of Somalia and southern coastal Arabia that is an important incense resin and has been used in religious rites, perfumery, and embalming—called also olibanum





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