Definitions for: Joss


[n] a Chinese god worshipped in the form of an idol



Webster (1913) Definition: Joss, n. [Chinese, corrupt. fr. Pg. deos God, L. deus.]
A Chinese household divinity; a Chinese idol. ``Critic in
jars and josses.'' --Colman (1761).

Joss house, a Chinese temple or house for the Chinese mode
of worship.

Joss stick, a reed covered with a paste made of the dust of
odoriferous woods, or a cylinder made wholly of the paste;
-- burned by the Chinese before an idol.

See Also: god, graven image, idol

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