rhabdomancy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rhabdomancy searching for underground water or minerals by using a dowsing rod
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rhabdomancy Same as Rabdomancy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rhabdomancy Divination by a rod or wand; specifically, the attempt to discover things concealed in the earth, as ores, metals, or springs of water, by a divining-rod; bletonism; dousing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rhabdomancy rab′dō-man-si divination by means of rods, esp. the impudent imposture of finding water, &c., by means of the divining-rod
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. rhabdos, rod, manteia, divination.

Usage

In literature:

RHABDOMANCY, a species of divination by means of a hazel rod to trace the presence of minerals or metals under ground.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Rhabdom: the rod lying in the axis of the retinula, below the crystalline cone of an eye.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Sir Thomas Browne also speaks of a 'strange kind of exploration and peculiar way of Rhabdomancy' used in mineral discoveries.
"Storyology" by Benjamin Taylor
This is Rhabdomancy, or divination by rods.
"Kalevala, Volume II (of 2)" by Anonymous
We find rhabdomancy a popular form of divination among the Greeks, and also among the Romans.
"Curious Myths of the Middle Ages" by Sabine Baring-Gould
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