Incense

In"cense

(?), n. [OE. encens, F. encens, L. incensum, fr. incensus, p. p. of incendere to burn. See Incense to inflame.]
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1. The perfume or odors exhaled from spices and gums when burned in celebrating religious rites or as an offering to some deity.
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A thick cloud of incense went up.
Ezek. viii. 11.
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2. The materials used for the purpose of producing a perfume when burned, as fragrant gums, spices, frankincense, etc.
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Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon.
Lev. x. 1.
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3. Also used figuratively.
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Or heap the shrine of luxury and pride,
With incense kindled at the Muse's flame.
Gray.
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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.
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