joss stick


Definition of joss stick 

: a slender stick of incense burned in front of a joss

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It had been bisected by hundreds of joss sticks, which stuck out from the figure like the shafts of arrows; these were methodically lit after dinner during the performance by the artist and her assistants, who wielded blow torches. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "Prune Nourry's "The Amazon" Arrives at the Standard Highline in New York," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of joss stick

1845, in the meaning defined above

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