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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.

Origin: OF. Franc free, pure _ encens incense.

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