frankincense

noun
frank·​in·​cense | \ ˈfraŋ-kən-ˌsen(t)s How to pronounce frankincense (audio) \

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

Examples of frankincense in a Sentence

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First Known Use of frankincense

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for frankincense

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

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24 May 2022

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“Frankincense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frankincense. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for frankincense

frankincense

noun
frank·​in·​cense | \ ˈfraŋ-kən-ˌsens How to pronounce frankincense (audio) \

Kids Definition of frankincense

: a plant gum that is burned for its sweet smell

frankincense

noun
frank·​in·​cense | \ ˈfraŋ-kən-ˌsen(t)s How to pronounce frankincense (audio) \

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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