- nounfragrant rounded shrub of southwestern United States and adjacent Mexico having brittle stems and small crowded blue-green leaves and yellow flowers; produces a resin used in incense and varnish and in folk medicine
* * *\\ˌin(t)sēˈen(t)(ˌ)sō\ noun (-s): a shrubby encelia (Encelia farinosa) of rocky desert uplands of the southwestern United States and adjacent Mexico that has grayish green to almost white tomentose foliage and showy cymes of yellow flowers and that produces a resin that has been used as incense, in folk medicine, and in varnish
* * */in'see en"soh/, n.a shrubby, composite desert plant, Encelia farinosa, of the southwestern U.S., having silvery leaves and clusters of yellow flowers.[1920-25, Amer.; < Sp: INCENSE]
Useful english dictionary. 2012.