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joss stick

noun
1.
a slender stick of a dried, fragrant paste, burned by the Chinese as incense before a joss.
Origin of joss stick
1880-1885
1880-85
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  • So Harry stood waiting while the joss stick throwing went merrily on.

    The Bradys After a Chinese Princess Francis Worcester Doughty
  • It was distinctly nervous work however, and Olivia started back, as her husband set the joss stick fizzling.

    The Mandarin's Fan Fergus Hume
  • It must have been Hwei who came to the Abbey on the night my aunt was killed and dropped the joss stick.

    The Mandarin's Fan Fergus Hume
  • For quite ten minutes Ainsleigh continued waving, until the joss stick burnt down nearly to the root.

    The Mandarin's Fan Fergus Hume
  • "It is odd, too, that you and the detectives should have noticed the smell of a joss stick in the flat," went on Miss Beale.

    Number Seventeen Louis Tracy
  • Bates and I will take care that there isn't even a joss stick in the flat before we go to bed.

    Number Seventeen Louis Tracy
  • Hwei was here on the night poor Miss Wharf was killed, and dropped the joss stick.

    The Mandarin's Fan Fergus Hume
  • Evidently he is not acquainted with the peculiar smell of a joss stick.

    Number Seventeen Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for joss stick

joss stick

noun
1.
a stick of dried perfumed paste, giving off a fragrant odour when burnt as incense
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