thurifer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n thurifer an acolyte who carries a thurible
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thurifer An acolyte who carries the censer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Thurifer the server who carries the thurible
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. thuribulumthus, thuris, frankincense; akin to Gr. thyos, a sacrifice.

Usage

In literature:

You miss the incense, you feel that some noble thurifer should have fumigated him at each stage.
"The Historical Nights' Entertainment" by Rafael Sabatini
Where he now ministered, he was attended by acolytes, and incensed by thurifers.
"Lothair" by Benjamin Disraeli
When he goes in procession he has a thurifer carried before him by the Pope's special permission.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
Ask the Reverend Mr. Thurifer if Belgravia is not a sounding brass, and Tyburnia a tinkling cymbal!
"History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
She was fond of being waltzed around, and generally thurificated.
"The White Hand and the Black" by Bertram Mitford
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