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

Recent Examples on the Web The gifts —gold, frankincense and myrrh — symbolized his royalty, divinity and mortality. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s Puerto Ricans celebrate Three Kings Day," 5 Jan. 2020 According to the Gospel of Matthew, the magi brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. al, "When should I take my Christmas tree down?," 4 Jan. 2020 It's made of 34 highly therapeutic ingredients, according to the brand, like Indian frankincense, pearl powder, and Himalayan cedar. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Why Taza Ayurveda Nourish Eladi Body Oil Is Worth It," 20 Nov. 2019 The gift-giving theme at the Nativity continues with the wise men from the east, who according to the Gospel of Matthew brought the expensive gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to honor Jesus. al, "Christmas is about giving, and the importance of a gift, pastors say," 24 Dec. 2019 The smell of frankincense burning in coffee shops is testament to the number of Ethiopians who have left behind ethnic conflict, too. The Economist, "Yeoville Hard times and hotplates in the most diverse district in Africa," 18 Dec. 2019 The Gospel of Matthew tells that the magi (the three wise men) follow a star to Bethlehem to bring gifts (gold (turmeric), frankincense, and myrrh) to Jesus, born the king of the Jews. The Rev. Ellin Dize, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Dize: Jesus is the reason for the season and Christmas is an inclusive holiday," 30 Nov. 2019 With older trees dying fast and no young ones coming up to replace them, the frankincense woodlands will soon disappear, experts said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Frankincense in trouble: Iconic 'Gift of the Magi' is in decline," 2 July 2019 The dish soaps come in pink lilac, lavender and grapefruit, peppermint and lemon, frankincense and pine, and unscented. BostonGlobe.com, "Rebel Green Deluxe Dish Soap stands out - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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“Frankincense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frankincense?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=franki01. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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frankincense

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English Language Learners Definition of frankincense

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

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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