- a container, usually covered, in which incense is burned, especially during religious services; thurible.
Origin of censer
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Examples from the Web for censer
The censer was made of iron, and was so large one could not clasp it with both arms.The Chinese Fairy Book
Stole on the winds through the woodland aisles like the breath of a censer.Poems
William D. Howells
He had a big can of water, which he swung like a censer as he danced.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
He stood in the middle of the room, staring from Venus to altar-cloth, from altar-cloth to censer.Peak and Prairie
This Absolon, that jolif was and gay, Gooth with a sencer (censer) on the haliday.The Romance of Names
- a container for burning incense, esp one swung at religious ceremoniesAlso called: thurible
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Word Origin and History for censer
"vessel used for burning incense," mid-13c., from Old French censier, a shortened form of encensier, from encens "incense" (see incense (n.)).
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