prayer wheel

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

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prayer wheel (prɛə)
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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prayer wheel definition

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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Seeing a pilgrim with the right hand holding a prayer wheel and left hand leading a sheep could only happen in my city.
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