Definitions for frankincenseˈfræŋ kɪnˌsɛns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

frank•in•censeˈfræŋ kɪnˌsɛns(n.)

  1. an aromatic gum resin from various Asian and African trees of the genus Boswellia, bursera family, used chiefly as an incense and in perfumery.

    Category: Plants

Origin of frankincense:

1350–1400; ME

Princeton's WordNet

  1. frankincense, olibanum, gum olibanum, thus(noun)

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


  1. frankincense(Noun)

    A type of incense obtained from the Boswellia thurifera tree.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Frankincense(noun)

    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


  1. Frankincense

    Frankincense, also called olibanum, is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia, particularly Boswellia sacra, B. carteri, B. thurifera, B. frereana and B. bhaw-dajiana. The English word is derived from old French "franc encens" and is used in incense and perfumes. There are four main species of Boswellia that produce true frankincense and resin from each of the four is available in various grades. The grades depend on the time of harvesting. The resin is hand-sorted for quality.

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