Part of speech: noun

A Chinese god or idol.

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Usage examples "joss":

  1. We bought W. S. S. and made very grand fireworks out of joss- sticks. - "Us and the Bottleman", Edith Ballinger Price.
  2. The smoke of many cigarettes and joss- sticks had steeped the gloom with Arabian airs. - "Carnival", 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", Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey.