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
A type of incense obtained from the Boswellia thurifera tree.
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
Origin: [OF. franc free, pure + encens incense.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
frangk′in-sens, n. a sweet-smelling vegetable resin from Arabia, used in sacrifices. [O. Fr. franc encens, pure incense.]
The numerical value of frankincense in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of frankincense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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- franquincienso, olíbano, francoinciensoSpanish
- tamjan, тамјанSerbo-Croatian
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