- a slender stick of a dried, fragrant paste, burned by the Chinese as incense before a joss.
Origin of joss stick
First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for joss stick
There's always a little bit of it smouldering in my heart like a joss-stick.Arundel
Edward Frederic Benson
Joss-stick, a stick composed of fragrant gum, etc., burnt as incense.
Somebody lighted a Chinese joss-stick, perhaps to kill the aroma of defunct cigarettes.Iole
Robert W. Chambers
Sometimes he would burn a joss-stick beneath its branches and kneel down and pray.Myths & Legends of Japan
F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
She then returned with the joss-stick in her hand, and gave it to her husband, who was kneeling on the hearth-rug.The Mandarin's Fan
- a stick of dried perfumed paste, giving off a fragrant odour when burnt as incense
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