Etymology
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frankincense (n.)

aromatic gum resin from a certain type of tree, used anciently as incense and in religious rituals, late 14c., apparently from Old French franc encense, from franc "noble, true" (see frank (adj.)), in this case probably signifying "pure" or "of the highest quality," + encens "incense" (see incense (n.)).

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Definitions of frankincense

frankincense (n.)
an aromatic gum resin obtained from various Arabian or East African trees; formerly valued for worship and for embalming and fumigation;
Synonyms: olibanum / gum olibanum / thus
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