prayer wheel


: a cylinder of wood or metal that revolves on an axis and contains written prayers and that is used in praying by Tibetan Buddhists

Examples of prayer wheel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Buddhist tradition, spinning prayer wheels is a way to accumulate merit and bring positive energy into the world. The Arizona Republic, 28 July 2023 The whole thing, save for the chimney and one piece of art, a prayer wheel, had been reduced to ash. Gideon Mendel, National Geographic, 30 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prayer wheel was in 1788

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“Prayer wheel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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