Origin of frankincenseMiddle English ; from Old French franc encens (in sense “pure, high-grade” incense): see frank and amp; incense
Origin of frankincenseMiddle English frank encens, from Old French franc encens : franc, free, pure; see frank1 + encens, incense; see incense2.
(countable and uncountable, plural frankincenses)
- A type of incense obtained from the Boswellia thurifera tree.
From Old French franc encens.