Frankincense, or Olibanum, is a gum resin, the product of the Junipus lycia of Linnaeus, brought from Turkey and the East Indies, usually in drop.2 or tears. The best sort is of a yellowish white colour, solid, hard, and brittle. When chewed it impresses an unpleasant bitter taste; laid on burning coals it yields an agreeable odour, and is for this reason much used by the Catholics, the Jews, and various idolatrous nations, in their religious ceremonies, the powerful perfume having a tendency to prevent the communication of infection amongst a dirty people, and of moderating the disgust created by the slaughter of the victims of the sacrifices.