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

Definition of frankincense

: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

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Origin and Etymology of frankincense

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


FRANKINCENSE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of frankincense for English Language Learners

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


FRANKINCENSE Defined for Kids

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noun frank·in·cense \ ˈfraŋ-kən-ˌsens \

Definition of frankincense for Students

:a plant gum that is burned for its sweet smell

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

medical Definition of frankincense

: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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