from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An aromatic gum resin obtained from African and Asian trees of the genus Boswellia and used chiefly as incense and in perfumes.
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- n. A type of incense obtained from the Boswellia thurifera tree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fragrant, aromatic resin, or gum resin, burned as an incense in religious rites or for medicinal fumigation. The best kinds now come from East Indian trees, of the genus Boswellia; a commoner sort, from the Norway spruce (Abies excelsa) and other coniferous trees. The frankincense of the ancient Jews is still unidentified.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An aromatic gum resin yielded by trees of the genus Boswellia, much used from ancient times, especially for burning as incense in religious observances. See olibanum. Also called gum thus.
- n. Hence2, Some other resin resembling olibanum in any way.
- n. The principal trees yielding resinous exudations known as frankincense are: Boswellia Carterii (see Boswellia)
- n. the Norway spruce, Abies Picea;
- n. the loblolly-pine, Pinus Tæda (see frankincense, 2); and
- n. Styrax punctata (see Styrax).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an aromatic gum resin obtained from various Arabian or East African trees; formerly valued for worship and for embalming and fumigation
Middle English frank encens, from Old French franc encens : franc, free, pure; see frank1 + encens, incense; see incense2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)