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frankincense

frankincense an aromatic gum resin obtained from an African tree and burnt as incense; traditionally used in the Jewish Temple. It was one of the gifts, with gold and myrrh, brought by the Magi to the infant Jesus, and because it was also used by magicians and sorcerers may symbolize their submission to him.

The word is recorded from late Middle English, and comes from Old French franc encens, literally ‘high-quality incense’.

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frankincense

frankincense (olibanum) Gum resin extracted from the bark of trees of the genus Boswellia, found in Africa and parts of the Middle East. Used in religious ceremonies, and one of the gifts of the Magi, it is burned as incense. The fine spicy oil extracted from the resin is used as a fixative in perfumes.

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frankincense

frank·in·cense / ˈfrangkənˌsens/ • n. an aromatic gum resin obtained from an African tree (Boswellia sacra, family Burseraceae) and burned as incense.

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frankincense

frankincense XIV. — OF. franc encens; see FRANK (‘of superior quality’), INCENSE.

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frankincense

frankincense: see incense-tree.

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