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)



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  • "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

  •     You no love Elephant, Islam, Jehovah?
        You no love Christ, Kakistocracy, Kali?
        You no love Crapicrap Mightiest Monkey?
        You no bow down to the Moon, to the UFO?
        You no love balderdash? You no love daft hats?
        You no love thuribles? [You; no love puny
    arrogant cowardly grasping at transcendenalist bunkum?]
        We send you envelopes full of our faeces.
        We send you jiffy bags - blow up your faces.
        We send the tanks and the rockets [beca;use; the
    Prophet saith blast us to buggery, in his Infinite Wisdom]
    - Peter Reading, Going On, 1985

    June 19, 2009

  • one wonders why the punsters haven't worn this one to shreds!

    June 10, 2009

  • nice!

    July 19, 2007

  • Also censer.

    July 19, 2007