fang shih


plural fang shih
: a priest-magician flourishing in China 249 B.C.–A.D. 220 whose office was to provide divinational and magical formulas to those seeking immortality and supernatural powers

Word History


Chinese fang1 shih4, from fang1 prescription, formula + shih4 scholar, teacher

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“Fang shih.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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