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Middle English short for encenser from Anglo-Norman encensier from encens incense from Old French incense2
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman censier, from encensier, from encens (“incense”)
On the left-hand side in the field a hand issues holding a censer.
I told you that what started those trumpets sounding was the angel taking the censer filled with incense and throwing it on the earth.
Then methought the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer Swung by Seraphim whose footfalls tinkled on the tufted floor.
Then, the angel fills the censer with fiery coals and hurls them upon the earth.
They were met by a deacon with a censer and by a servant who passed out on tiptoe without heeding them.
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