Alectryomancy

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Alectryomancy Divination by means of a cock and grains of corn placed on the letters of the alphabet, the letters being put together in the order in which the grains were eaten.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alectryomancy An ancient practice of foretelling events by means of a cock. The letters of the alphabet were traced on the ground in squares within a circle, and a grain of corn was placed on each; a cock was then permitted to pick up the grains, and the letters under them, being formed into words in the order of their selection by the cock, were supposed to foretell the event. Sometimes written alectoromancy.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. cock + -mancy,

Usage

In literature:

Or yet by alectryomancy.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Or yet by alectryomancy.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book III." by Francois Rabelais
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