from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A censer used in certain ecclesiastical ceremonies or liturgies.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Censer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (R. C. Ch.) 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.

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  • noun A censer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a container for burning incense (especially one that is swung on a chain in a religious ritual)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English thorible, from Old French thurible, from Latin thūribulum, from thūs, thūr-, incense, from alteration of Greek thuos, from thūein, to sacrifice.]

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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").


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  • Also censer.

    July 19, 2007

  • nice!

    July 19, 2007

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    June 10, 2009

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    June 19, 2009

  • "There is no difference in the meaning of thurible and censer, except that the former is the more technical ecclesiastical word."

    --Century Dictionary

    April 11, 2011