from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An aromatic gum resin obtained from African and Asian trees of the genus Boswellia and used chiefly as incense and in perfumes.
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- n. A type of incense obtained from the Boswellia thurifera tree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An aromatic gum resin yielded by trees of the genus Boswellia, much used from ancient times, especially for burning as incense in religious observances. See olibanum. Also called gum thus.
- n. Hence2, Some other resin resembling olibanum in any way.
- n. The principal trees yielding resinous exudations known as frankincense are: Boswellia Carterii (see Boswellia)
- n. the Norway spruce, Abies Picea;
- n. the loblolly-pine, Pinus Tæda (see frankincense, 2); and
- n. Styrax punctata (see Styrax).
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- n. an aromatic gum resin obtained from various Arabian or East African trees; formerly valued for worship and for embalming and fumigation
Jesus has to send child support payments in frankincense and myrrh.
Today, frankincense is still widely used in religious services, and also in fumigants and perfumes.
Actually, frankincense is the hardened resin of trees of the genus Boswellia, which grow in north-eastern Africa and Arabia.
Historically, the hill of frankincense is Calvary, where, "through the eternal Spirit He offered Himself"; the mountain of myrrh is His embalmment (Joh 19: 39) till the resurrection "daybreak."
Add boswellia aka frankincense at 1,000 mg a day and willow bark so you get 120 to 240 mg of the active component called salicin, which is also, by the way, the active component of aspirin—we like the aspirin itself.
A minimalist, cubist interpretation of incense, a touch of spices, powdery orris, dry cedar wood and ambergris, supporting the frankincense, that is rich, crisp, red and intense.
Monkey brought frankincense, which is a gift of air and spirit.
Arabian frankincense, the frankincense par excellence, is the aromatical resin of Boswellia sacra, a tree which grows in southern Arabia (Arab. luban); B. papyrifera of Abyssinia yields African frankincense, which is also good.
It is also on the great altar that the Chaldaeans burn the frankincense, which is offered to the amount of a thousand talents 'weight, every year, at the festival of the god.
By frankincense, which is burnt before God, the power of prayer is intended, as in the Psalms, "Let my speech come before thee as incense."