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frankincense

[ frang-kin-sens ]
/ ˈfræŋ kɪnˌsɛns /
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noun

an aromatic gum resin from various Asian and African trees of the genus Boswellia, especially B. carteri, used chiefly for burning as incense in religious or ceremonial practices, in perfumery, and in pharmaceutical and fumigating preparations.

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Origin of frankincense

First recorded in 1350–1400, frankincense is from Middle English fraunk encense. See frank1, incense1
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frankincense
/ (ˈfræŋkɪnˌsɛns) /

noun

an aromatic gum resin obtained from trees of the burseraceous genus Boswellia, which occur in Asia and AfricaAlso called: olibanum

Word Origin for frankincense

C14: from Old French franc free, pure + encens incense 1; see frank
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