gassho

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Etymology[edit]

Japanese 合掌 (gasshō), from Middle Chinese 合掌 (ɣop-tʃáng, Buddhist-style pressed-palm gesture of piety) (compare Mandarin 合掌 (hézhǎng), Cantonese 合掌 (hap6 jeung2)), from (unite) and (palm).

Noun[edit]

gassho (plural gasshos)

  1. 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.

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Verb[edit]

gassho (third-person singular simple present gasshos, present participle gasshoing, simple past and past participle gasshoed)

  1. (intransitive) To make this gesture.

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