joss stick


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From joss (Chinese idol) + stick.


joss stick (plural joss sticks)

  1. A stick of incense, especially (China Taoism, Buddhism, &c.) those burned as an offering before a Chinese shrine.
    • 2012, James Lambert, “Beyond Hobson-Jobson: A new lexicography for Indian English”, in World Englishes[1], page 300:
      For instance, Hawkins, Lewis, Hankin and Sengupta all cover the word agarbatti, an incense stick or joss stick, but there is no way of knowing when this term was first used in Indian English, nor whether it is now current or obsolete.