thurible

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n thurible a container for burning incense (especially one that is swung on a chain in a religious ritual)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Thurible (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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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thurible A Censer. There is no difference in the meaning of thurible and censer, except that the former is the more technical ecclesiastical word.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Thurible thū′ri-bl a censer of metal for burning frankincense
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. thuribulum, turibulum, from thus, thuris, or better tus, turis, frankincense, fr. Gr. a sacrifice, an offering, from to sacrifice
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. thuribulumthus, thuris, frankincense; akin to Gr. thyos, a sacrifice.

Usage

In literature:

All the fragrance of Italy sleeps in the thurible of this Grand-Duke.
"At the Mercy of Tiberius" by August Evans Wilson
He would never swing the thurible before the tabernacle as priest.
"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce
THURIBLE, a censer suspended by chains and held in the hand by a priest during mass and other offices of the Romish Church.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Note the old thurible used as an alms box.
"Seaward Sussex" by Edric Holmes
Leading out of it is the ancient "calefactory," where the fire for the censers and thuribles was preserved.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Winchester" by Philip Walsingham Sergeant
Two other priests drew a silvern thurible upon wheels down the length of the temple and around each of its columns.
"Sulamith: A Romance of Antiquity" by Alexandre Kuprin
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In poetry:

They are pale with the pallor of ivories;
But they blush to the tips like a curled sea-shell:
What treasure, in kingly treasuries,
Of gold, and spice for the thurible,
Is sweet as her hands to hoard and tell?
"Ad Manus Puellae" by Ernest Christopher Dowson