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frankincense

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Definition an aromatic gum resin obtained from various Arabian or East African trees; formerly valued for worship and for embalming and fumigation
  • candle scented with frankincense
frankincense = an aromatic gum resin obtained from various Arabian or East African trees; formerly valued for worship and for embalming and fumigation
  • essential oil of frankincense
  • As they came into the house and saw the child with Mary his mother, they bowed down and worshiped him. They opened their treasure boxes and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
    Mat 2:11 (NET)
  • Then the LORD said to Moses, "Take fragrant spices—gum resin, onycha and galbanum—and pure frankincense, all in equal amounts, ..."
    Exodus 30:34 (NIV)
  • The words which express our faith and piety are not definite; yet they are significant and fragrant like frankincense to superior natures.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The Turks use it in cooking, and also carry it to Mecca, for the same purpose that frankincense is carried to St. Peter's in Rome.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The scent of frankincense hung in the air of the chancel.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The newborn Krishna was presented with gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Those of the Elder Race were particularly fond of frankincense, but it gave him a headache.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • We saw and worshipped him, and gave him presents—Melchior, gold; Gaspar, frankincense; and I, myrrh.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • For they too are gatherers of fruit and frankincense, and that which they bring, though fashioned of dreams, is raiment and food for your soul.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • 3:6 Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?
    The Bible  --  Song of Solomon
  • High overhead, from the left and right sides of the ceiling, hung two incensor cables-lines used for swinging frankincense vessels above the congregation.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • "Frankincense," I repeated.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • She smelled frankincense, which every household threw onto the charcoal stove.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The priests with curly beards swung pots of frankincense on chains and never smiled at babies the way they did on usual Sundays.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • He didn't have any frankincense, so sage, which grew in abundance in the surrounding mountains, would have to do.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • The side doors of the Cathedral burst open and out came a procession of priests and nuns and acolytes, clacking their censers, sending up the fragrance of myrrh and frankincense the three kings had brought over with them from the Orient.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • The glories of Mary held his soul captive: spikenard and myrrh and frankincense, symbolizing her royal lineage, her emblems, the late-flowering plant and late-blossoming tree, symbolizing the age-long gradual growth of her cultus among men.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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