from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fragrant gum resin of various species of Boswellia; Oriental frankincense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A gum-resin yielded by trees of the genus Boswellia in the Somali country.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an aromatic gum resin obtained from various Arabian or East African trees; formerly valued for worship and for embalming and fumigation


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin olibanum, from Latin libanum, from Ancient Greek λίβανος, from a Semitic source (compare Classical Hebrew לְבוֹנָה (l'voná, "frankincense"), Arabic لبان (lubān, "frankincense")). Compare benzoin.


  • Similarly, boswellia is a gummy exudate derived from Boswellia serrata, a large branching deciduous tree found in India, and it is the source for what is known as olibanum, or frankincense.


  • -- This Coromandel tree furnishes the resin known as olibanum, which is supposed to have been the frankincense of the ancients.

    Catalogue of Economic Plants in the Collection of the U. S. Department of Agriculture

  • David: Burning incense like frankincense olibanum for instance, you get over two hundred pyrolysis compounds- 60-plus of which are sesquiterpinoids.

    Scents of Time: An Interview with David Pybus. Part II. Historical and Ancient Incense

  • Boswellia, or olibanum, is a close relative of frankincense, the biblical incense, and has been used historically in the ayurvedic medical system of India for various conditions, including arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.

    You Being Beautiful

  • Leo - Incensey and bright, with olibanum, Roman chamomile, cinnamon, rose and vanilla.

    Speaking of Spring Cleaning...

  • Peluche is a stunner dominated by basil, cumin and green notes, with middle notes of thyme, rose and carnation, drying down to olibanum, leather and cedar.

    A World Apart: The Secret Perfumes Revealed

  • We highly recommend Moon Breath, our meditative parfum composed of jasmine, sandalwood, bergamot, ylang ylang, gardenia and olibanum - for its calming, centering and euphoric impact.

    Moonstone Pendant

  • The perfume opens with fruity peachy notes, as well as pencil-like, smoky-dry cedwarood notes, spices primarily clove buds, it has a generously rich, golden heart Egyptian jasmine, orange blossom and roses, and base notes of olibanum, myrrh, and sandalwood.


  • Opening with labdanum, cistus oil, olibanum AKA frankincense and smoky notes of guiacwood and burning cedarwood, the scent gradually softens but remains rather linear and unchanging.

    Le Labo's Vetiver 46

  • Therefore, synagogues are for the most part deprived from the extreme psycho-spiritual satisfaction that results from prolonged inhalation of olibanum fumes or any other incense in most Jewish communities left for the scent of citron and myrtle in Sukkot and sprigs of fresh herbs that may be used for blessing on Sabbath in some cultures.

    Archive 2006-04-01


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