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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Herse  \Herse\,  v.  t. 
  Same  as  {Hearse},  v.  t.  --Chapman. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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.