from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A term sometimes used to describe the frame on which a temporary canopy was erected over an altar on special solemnities and festivals of the highest rank.


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  • The framework on which such a canopy is erected is called the "altar-herse", a word probably derived from hearse, a frame covered with cloth, and formerly set up over a corpse in funeral solemnities.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize


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