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- n. A small box for holding incense
- n. A small sacrificial altar
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman antiquity: A box or casket used to hold the incense which was thrown upon the altar during sacrifices. A small portable altar on which incense was burned, especially at funeral ceremonies.
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The ‘acerra’ was properly a box used for holding incense for the purposes of sacrifice, which was taken from it, and placed on the burning altar.
In all these ceremonies they burn on the spot a little gum benzoin -- Et acerra thuris plena, positusque carbo in cespite vivo.
quid uelint flores et acerra turis plena miraris positusque carbo in