prayer wheel

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The whole thing, save for the chimney and one piece of art, a prayer wheel, had been reduced to ash. Gideon Mendel, Environment, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prayer%20wheel. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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