Incense

Definition of Incense

In`cense´
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Incensed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Incensing.]
1.To set on fire; to inflame; to kindle; to burn.
Twelve Trojan princes wait on thee, and labor to incense
Thy glorious heap of funeral.
- Chapman.
2.To inflame with anger; to enrage; to endkindle; to fire; to incite; to provoke; to heat; to madden.
The people are incensed him.
- Shak.
1.
[imp. & p. p. Incensed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Incensing.]
1.To offer incense to. See Incense.
2.To perfume with, or as with, incense.
n.1.
1.The perfume or odors exhaled from spices and gums when burned in celebrating religious rites or as an offering to some deity.
A thick cloud of incense went up.
- Ezek. viii. 11.
2.The materials used for the purpose of producing a perfume when burned, as fragrant gums, spices, frankincense, etc.
Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon.
- Lev. x. 1.
3.Also used figuratively.
Or heap the shrine of luxury and pride,
With incense kindled at the Muse's flame.
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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