Crystallomancy

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Crystallomancy Divination by means of a crystal or other transparent body, especially a beryl.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crystallomancy A mode of divining by means of a transparent body, as a precious stone, crystal globe, etc., formerly in high esteem. The operator first muttered over the crystal (a beryl was preferred) certain formulas of prayer, and then gave it into the hands of a young man or a virgin, who thereupon, by oral communication from spirits in the crystal, or by written characters seen in it, was supposed to receive the information desired.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Crystallomancy a mode of divination by means of transparent bodies
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. kry`stallos crystal + -mancy,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. cristol—L. crystallum—Gr. krystallos, ice—kryos, frost.