Definition of incense in English:

incense

Line breaks: in|cense
Pronunciation: /ˈɪnsɛns
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1A gum, spice, or other substance that is burned for the sweet smell it produces: the sharp lingering sweetness of incense [as modifier]: incense sticks
More example sentences
  • Instead, they burn incense and other sweet odors and light candles.
  • You could burn incense sticks or light a scented candle.
  • She always had some sandalwood incense burning when she sang, or wrote.
Synonyms
1.1The smoke or perfume of incense: the swirls of incense in the air
More example sentences
  • The room was lit almost completely by soft candlelight, and the air was perfumed by sweet-smelling incense, and men smoking pipes filled with herbal concoctions.
  • All you see is the mist of thick and perfumed incense.
  • The air eddies with charcoal smoke and incense.

verb

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Perfume with incense or a similar fragrance: the aroma of cannabis incensed the air

Origin

Middle English (originally as encense): from Old French encens (noun), encenser (verb), from ecclesiastical Latin incensum 'something burnt, incense', neuter past participle of incendere 'set fire to', from in- 'in' + the base of candere 'to glow'.

Derivatives

incensation

Pronunciation: /-ˈseɪʃ(ə)n/
noun

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