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The censer or vessel in which incense is burned at liturgical services. It consists of a cup-shaped metal body for holding charcoal and incense, with a separate lid for controlling the smoke and fire, and a chain, or chains, allowing the censer to swing safely without spilling its contents. (Etym. Latin t[h]uribulum, from t[h]us, [stem t(h)ur-], incense; from Greek thuos [sacrificial] incense, burned offering, offering.)