a gum resin obtained from various Arabian and African trees (genus Boswellia) of the bursera family and used in perfumes and as incense; olibanum
Origin of frankincenseMiddle English from Old French franc encens (in sense “pure, high-grade” incense): see frank and incense
An aromatic gum resin obtained from African and Asian trees of the genus Boswellia, used as incense and in perfumes.
Origin of frankincenseMiddle English frank encens from Old French franc encens franc free, pure ; see frank 1. encens incense ; see incense 2.
(countable and uncountable, plural frankincenses)
- A type of incense obtained from the Boswellia thurifera tree.
From Old French franc encens.