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A Chinese image in a shrine.
[Pidgin English, from Javanese deyos, from Portuguese deos, god, from Latin deus; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Other Non-Christian Religions) a Chinese deity worshipped in the form of an idol
[C18: from pidgin English, from Portuguese deos god, from Latin deus]
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a Chinese house idol or cult image.
[1705–15; < Chinese Pidgin E < Portuguese deos < Latin deus god]
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