herse

Herse

Herse\ (h[~e]rs), n. [F. herse harrow, portcullis, OF. herce, LL. hercia, L. hirpex, gen. hirpicis, and irpex, gen. irpicis, harrow. The LL. hercia signifies also a kind of candlestick in the form of a harrow, having branches filled with lights, and placed at the head of graves or cenotaphs; whence herse came to be used for the grave, coffin, or chest containing the dead. Cf. Hearse.]

1. (Fort.) A kind of gate or portcullis, having iron bars, like a harrow, studded with iron spikes. It is hung above gateways so that it may be quickly lowered, to impede the advance of an enemy. --Farrow.

2. See Hearse, a carriage for the dead.

3. A funeral ceremonial. [Obs.] --Spenser.
Webster's Revised

Herse

Herse\, v. t. Same as Hearse, v. t. --Chapman.
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