Joss Joss (j[o^]s), n. [Chinese, corrupt. fr. Pg. deos God, L. deus.] A Chinese household divinity; a Chinese idol. ``Critic in jars and josses.'' --Colman (1761). [1913 Webster]

{Joss house}, a Chinese temple or house for the Chinese mode of worship.

{Joss stick}, a reed covered with a paste made of the dust of odoriferous woods, or a cylinder made wholly of the paste; -- burned by the Chinese before an idol. [1913 Webster]

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