from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A censer used in certain ecclesiastical ceremonies or liturgies.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A censer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A censer of metal, for burning incense, having various forms, held in the hand or suspended by chains; -- used especially at mass, vespers, and other solemn services.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Censer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a container for burning incense (especially one that is swung on a chain in a religious ritual)
Middle English thorible, from Old French thurible, from Latin thūribulum, from thūs, thūr-, incense, from alteration of Greek thuos, from thūein, to sacrifice.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originated 1400–50 from late Middle English turrible, from thoryble, from Latin thūribulum ("censer"), equivalent to thūs ("incense") (root: thūr-) from Greek θύος ("burnt offering") + (-i-) + (-bulum, "instrumental suffix"). (Wiktionary)