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joss stick

a slender stick of a dried, fragrant paste, burned by the Chinese as incense before a joss.
Origin of joss stick
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for joss-stick
Historical Examples
  • Somebody lighted a Chinese joss-stick, perhaps to kill the aroma of defunct cigarettes.

    Iole Robert W. Chambers
  • 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.

  • Sometimes he would burn a joss-stick beneath its branches and kneel down and pray.

    Myths & Legends of Japan F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • "That is true," said Hwei dropping the joss-stick, and sat in his chair with a puzzled face.

    The Mandarin's Fan Fergus Hume
  • The ghost left that joss-stick behind on the first occasion, and the fan on the second.

    The Mandarin's Fan Fergus Hume
  • 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 Fergus Hume
British Dictionary definitions for joss-stick

joss stick

a stick of dried perfumed paste, giving off a fragrant odour when burnt as incense
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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