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[n] the pleasing scent produced when incense is burned; "incense filled the room"
[n] a substance that produces a fragrant odor when burned
[v] make furious
[v] perfume esp. with a censer

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\In*cense"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Incensed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Incensing}.] [L. incensus, p. p. of incendere; pref. in- in + root of candere to glow. See {Candle}.]
1. To set on fire; to inflame; to kindle; to burn. [Obs.] Twelve Trojan princes wait on thee, and labor to incense Thy glorious heap of funeral. --Chapman.
2. To inflame with anger; to endkindle; to fire; to incite; to provoke; to heat; to madden. The people are incensed him. --Shak. Syn: To enrage; exasperate; provoke; anger; irritate; heat; fire; instigate.
\In"cense\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Incensed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Incensing}.] [LL. incensare: cf. F. encenser. See {Incense}, n.]
1. To offer incense to. See {Incense}. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
2. To perfume with, or as with, incense. ``Incensed with wanton sweets.'' --Marston.
\In"cense\, n. [OE. encens, F. encens, L. incensum, fr. incensus, p. p. of incendere to burn. See {Incense} to inflame.]
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 of incense went up. --Ezek. viii. 1
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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.
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3. Also used figuratively. Or heap the shrine of luxury and pride, With incense kindled at the Muse's flame. --Gray. {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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