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  • n. A ritual gesture of Eastern origin, with hands pressed together in front of the chest. It can be used for prayer or as a sign of greeting, gratitude, reverence, or apology. When performed with a bow, it is called gassho rei.


Japanese 合掌 gasshō, from (gatsu) 'unite' and (shō) 'palm'. (Wiktionary)


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