Definition of frankincense in English:


Line breaks: frank|in¦cense
Pronunciation: /ˈfraŋkɪnsɛns


[mass noun]
An aromatic gum resin obtained from an African tree and burnt as incense. Also called olibanum, gum olibanum.
  • This resin is obtained from the tree Boswellia sacra, family Burseraceae, native to Somalia
More example sentences
  • They valued its trees which produced the aromatic gum resins frankincense and myrrh.
  • Jewish ceremonial incense includes frankincense and myrrh, and is frequently mentioned in the Pentateuch, the Jewish Old Testament.
  • Her incenses are acacia, frankincense, myrrh, catnip, cedar, cinnamon, and juniper.


late Middle English: from Old French franc encens, literally 'high-quality incense', from franc (see frank1) in an obsolete sense 'superior, of high quality' (which also existed in English) + encens 'incense'.

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