from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Incense.


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  • Sounds like reekel. Shares the same root as reek.

    from OE recels

    (a) Incense, frankincense; ~ fat OE recels-fæt, a vessel for incense; a censer, thurible;

    (b) the smoke or aroma of incense; ~ smoke;

    (c) med. frankincense used in ointments, etc.; bastard ~, an inferior grade of incense; flour (poudre) of ~, ~ dust; fresh ~, whit ~, a superior grade of incense.

    September 6, 2011