prayer wheel

[ prair ]
/ prɛər /

noun

a wheel or cylinder inscribed with or containing prayers, used chiefly by Buddhists of Tibet.

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Origin of prayer wheel

First recorded in 1805–15
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British Dictionary definitions for prayer wheel

prayer wheel
/ (prɛə) /

noun

Buddhism (esp in Tibet) a wheel or cylinder inscribed with or containing prayers, each revolution of which is counted as an uttered prayer, so that such prayers can be repeated by turning it
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Cultural definitions for prayer wheel

prayer wheel

In Buddhism, a cylinder with prayers written on it. The prayer wheel is turned by some worshipers during prayer, or the turning may be used as a substitute for spoken prayers.

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