from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Divination by means of cheese.
By tyromancy, whereof we make some proof in a great Brehemont cheese which I here keep by me.
Our faith in traditional horoscopes thus sundered, we Gauntleteers have adopted a new medium for penny-dreadful predictions, having chanced upon an ancient form of divination so terrifying in its accuracy that it was banned from the courts of Babylon. This is the forbidden art of tyromancy: divination through the coagulation of cheese.
This word comes from the Greek ‘tyros,’ cheese, plus ‘manteia,’ oracle, divination. ‘Tyro’ meaning ‘beginner’ comes from the Latin ‘tiro,’ young soldier, recruit, beginner.