Ko*tow" (?), n. [Chinese, knock head.]

The prostration made by mandarins and others to their superiors, either as homage or worship, by knocking the forehead on the ground. There are degrees in the rite, the highest being expressed by three knockings.

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S. W. Williams.


© Webster 1913.

Ko*tow", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kotowed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Kotowing.]

To perform the kotow.

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© Webster 1913.

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