from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A forked branch or stick that is believed to indicate subterranean water or minerals by bending downward when held over a source.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. rod used for dowsing, a technique of divination used to locate subterranean sources of water, metal, other mineral resources or even various other things through magic, or according to many believers a natural phenomenon
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a rod, commonly of witch hazel, with forked branches, used by those who claim to be able to discover water or metals under ground by sensing them through such a rod.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rod or twig used in divining; especially, a twig, generally of hazel, held in the hand and supposed by its bending downward to indicate spots where metalliferous deposits or water may be found by digging.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. forked stick that is said to dip down to indicate underground water or oil
form of divine + rod 'stick' (Wiktionary)