Frankincense Frank"in*cense, n. [OF. franc free, pure + encens incense.] 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. [1913 Webster]

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