[ frang-kin-sens ]
/ ˈfræŋ kɪnˌsɛns /


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.

Origin of frankincense

First recorded in 1350–1400, frankincense is from the Middle English word fraunk encense. See frank1, incense1
Also called olibanum. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for frankincense

/ (ˈfræŋkɪnˌsɛns) /


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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