Incense tree
Incense In"cense, n. [OE. encens, F. encens, L. incensum, fr. incensus, p. p. of incendere to burn. See {Incense} to inflame.] [1913 Webster] 1. The perfume or odors exhaled from spices and gums when burned in celebrating religious rites or as an offering to some deity. [1913 Webster]

A thick cloud of incense went up. --Ezek. viii. 11. [1913 Webster]

2. The materials used for the purpose of producing a perfume when burned, as fragrant gums, spices, frankincense, etc. [1913 Webster]

Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon. --Lev. x. 1. [1913 Webster]

3. Also used figuratively. [1913 Webster]

Or heap the shrine of luxury and pride, With incense kindled at the Muse's flame. --Gray. [1913 Webster]

{Incense tree}, the name of several balsamic trees of the genus {Bursera} (or {Icica}) mostly tropical American. The gum resin is used for incense. In Jamaica the {Chrysobalanus Icaco}, a tree related to the plums, is called incense tree.

{Incense wood}, the fragrant wood of the tropical American tree {Bursera heptaphylla}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • incense tree — noun any of various tropical trees of the family Burseraceae yielding fragrant gums or resins that are burned as incense • Hypernyms: ↑tree • Hyponyms: ↑elephant tree, ↑Bursera microphylla, ↑gumbo limbo, ↑Bursera simaruba, ↑Boswellia carteri …   Useful english dictionary

  • incense tree — any of various trees, as Boswellia carteri or those of the genus Protium, yielding an aromatic gum resin that is burned as incense. [1580 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • Incense — In cense, n. [OE. encens, F. encens, L. incensum, fr. incensus, p. p. of incendere to burn. See {Incense} to inflame.] [1913 Webster] 1. The perfume or odors exhaled from spices and gums when burned in celebrating religious rites or as an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Incense wood — Incense In cense, n. [OE. encens, F. encens, L. incensum, fr. incensus, p. p. of incendere to burn. See {Incense} to inflame.] [1913 Webster] 1. The perfume or odors exhaled from spices and gums when burned in celebrating religious rites or as an …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incense wood — noun fragrant wood of two incense trees of the genus Protium • Hypernyms: ↑wood • Substance Holonyms: ↑incense tree * * * noun : the fragrant wood of either of two tropical American trees (Protium heptaphyllum and P. guianense) …   Useful english dictionary

  • incense cedar — ☆ incense cedar n. a large, W North American tree (Calocedrus decurrens) of the cypress family with reddish bark and flattened, scalelike leaves …   English World dictionary

  • Incense of India — Indian Incense is known as agarbattī in Hindi (अगरबत्ती) (and other Indian languages). India has a rich tradition of incense making that goes back centuries. Many Indian incenses have a unique scent that is not found in any other part of the… …   Wikipedia

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  • incense cedar — 1. any of several coniferous trees of the genus Libocedrus (or Calocedrus), esp. L. decurrens, of the western U.S., growing to a height of 150 ft. (50 m). 2. the aromatic, close grained wood of this tree, used to make pencils, chests, closet… …   Universalium

  • incense cedar — noun 1. any of several attractive trees of southwestern South America and New Zealand and New Caledonia having glossy evergreen leaves and scented wood • Hypernyms: ↑cedar, ↑cedar tree • Member Holonyms: ↑Libocedrus, ↑genus Libocedrus 2. tall… …   Useful english dictionary

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