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
Recent Examples of frankincense from the Web
Fairview Pharmacies sells the blends — whose ingredients include lavender, bergamot, frankincense, lemon, ginger and peppermint — alongside traditional medicines.
Enter the incense route, a path spanning more than 1,200 miles and used by traders to carry frankincense and myrrh from Yemen and Oman, through the Negev desert, to the Mediterranean port in Gaza.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
FRANKINCENSE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of frankincense for Students
: a plant gum that is burned for its sweet smell
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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