from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pieces of gold or silver paper made into the shape of ingots of silver, and burned by the Chinese at funerals and before the shrines of certain of their gods.


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  • They burnt joss-paper; sounded their gongs, and received us with such showers of stones, hot-water, long pikes, and one or two well-directed shots that we hauled off to try the effect of our guns, sorry though we were to do it, for it was sure to bring the

    Great Pirate Stories

  • On such occasions, with sober faces and trembling hands, they prepare pieces of joss-paper

    Foot-prints of Travel or, Journeyings in Many Lands

  • On such occasions they prepared pieces of joss-paper, bearing some Chinese characters, and cast them overboard to appease the presumed anger of the special gods who control the sea.

    Due West or Round the World in Ten Months


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