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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: encens, from Latin incensus, past participle of incendere 'to cause to start burning'

incense

1 noun
     
Related topics: Odours, Religion
in‧cense1 [uncountable]
RRCO a substance which has a pleasant smell when you burn it:
a church filled with the smell of incense
lighted incense sticks

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