What does the word joss mean?

Usage examples for joss

  1. We bought W. S. S. and made very grand fireworks out of joss- sticks. – Us and the Bottleman by Edith Ballinger Price
  2. The smoke of many cigarettes and joss- sticks had steeped the gloom with Arabian airs. – Carnival by Compton Mackenzie
  3. The Chinese had a temple or Joss house, attached to which was a sort of hall in which were stored numerous jars recalling those of the Forty Thieves, but containing the bones of dead Chinamen awaiting transport to their own country. – Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life by Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey