Joss stick
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • joss stick — joss′ stick n. ear a thin stick of a dried, fragrant paste, burned as incense before a joss • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • joss stick — ► NOUN ▪ a thin stick of a fragrant substance, burnt as incense. ORIGIN from joss, denoting a Chinese religious statue or idol: from a Javanese word derived from Latin deus god …   English terms dictionary

  • joss stick — [ dʒas ,stık ] noun count a thin stick of INCENSE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • joss stick — n. a thin stick of dried paste made of fragrant wood dust, burned by the Chinese as incense …   English World dictionary

  • joss stick — noun a slender stick of incense burned before a joss by the Chinese • Hypernyms: ↑incense * * * noun Etymology: joss (I) : a slender stick of incense burned in front of a joss * * * a slender stick of a dried, fragrant paste, burned by the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • joss stick — UK [ˈdʒɒs ˌstɪk] / US [ˈdʒɑs ˌstɪk] noun [countable] Word forms joss stick : singular joss stick plural joss sticks a thin stick of incense …   English dictionary

  • joss stick — [[t]ʤɒ̱s stɪk[/t]] joss sticks N COUNT A joss stick is a thin stick covered with a substance that burns very slowly and smells pleasant …   English dictionary

  • joss stick — n. stick of incense; long and thin stick of incense that the Chinese burn before a joss …   English contemporary dictionary

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