from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. There are over 40 species, with soft, brittle wood, yielding a fragrant resin which is used for varnish, incense, etc.
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- n. type genus of Burseraceae; tropical and subtropical American shrubs and trees some yielding timber and gum elemi
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Both are gum resins from plants of the bursera family found in the Middle East and Africa that were used to make perfumes and incense.