One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Joss-stick (now rare).
2(With reference to certain traditional cultures of Polynesia and East Asia, now especially the Maori people of New Zealand) any of various types of carved wooden stick or peg used in religious rituals to represent a god, or in which a god is believed to dwell.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Year-book Pharmacy.
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