Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A gum-resin yielded by trees of the genus Boswellia in the Somali country.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The fragrant gum resin of various species of Boswellia; Oriental frankincense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an aromatic gum resin obtained from various Arabian or East African trees; formerly valued for worship and for embalming and fumigation

Etymologies

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From Late Latin olibanum, from Latin libanum, from Ancient Greek λίβανος, from a Semitic source (compare Classical Hebrew לְבוֹנָה (l'voná, "frankincense"), Arabic لبان (lubān, "frankincense")). Compare benzoin.

Examples

  • Similarly, boswellia is a gummy exudate derived from Boswellia serrata, a large branching deciduous tree found in India, and it is the source for what is known as olibanum, or frankincense.

    THE NATURAL REMEDY BIBLE

  • -- This Coromandel tree furnishes the resin known as olibanum, which is supposed to have been the frankincense of the ancients.

    Catalogue of Economic Plants in the Collection of the U. S. Department of Agriculture

  • David: Burning incense like frankincense olibanum for instance, you get over two hundred pyrolysis compounds- 60-plus of which are sesquiterpinoids.

    Scents of Time: An Interview with David Pybus. Part II. Historical and Ancient Incense

  • David: Burning incense like frankincense olibanum for instance, you get over two hundred pyrolysis compounds- 60-plus of which are sesquiterpinoids.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Leo - Incensey and bright, with olibanum, Roman chamomile, cinnamon, rose and vanilla.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • Boswellia, or olibanum, is a close relative of frankincense, the biblical incense, and has been used historically in the ayurvedic medical system of India for various conditions, including arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.

    You Being Beautiful

  • Boswellia, or olibanum, is a close relative of frankincense, the biblical incense, and has been used historically in the ayurvedic medical system of India for various conditions, including arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.

    You Being Beautiful

  • Leo - Incensey and bright, with olibanum, Roman chamomile, cinnamon, rose and vanilla.

    Speaking of Spring Cleaning...

  • Peluche is a stunner dominated by basil, cumin and green notes, with middle notes of thyme, rose and carnation, drying down to olibanum, leather and cedar.

    A World Apart: The Secret Perfumes Revealed

  • Peluche is a stunner dominated by basil, cumin and green notes, with middle notes of thyme, rose and carnation, drying down to olibanum, leather and cedar.

    Archive 2007-11-01

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  • A fine word for drum is the tympanum

    I'm glad steel alloys with molybdenum.

    I like frankincense

    But scent's more intense

    If I call it a cloud of olibanum.

    March 8, 2017