Originated 1400–50 from late Middle English turrible, from thoryble, from Latin thūribulum (“censer”), equivalent to thūs (“incense”) (root: thūr-) from Ancient Greek θύος (thúos, “burnt offering”) + -bulum (“instrumental suffix”).
thurible (plural thuribles)
- A censer, especially one hanging on a chain.
- 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
- […] and then Father Conroy handed the thurible to Canon O’Hanlon and he put in the incense and censed the Blessed Sacrament […]