American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Divination by means of a wand or rod, especially for discovering underground water or ores.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Same as rabdomancy.
- n. searching for underground water or minerals by using a dowsing rod
- First attested in 1646. From Latin rhabdomantīa, from Ancient Greek ῥαβδομαντεία (rhabdomanteia), from ῥάβδος (rhabdos, "rod") + μαντεία (manteia, "divination"). (Wiktionary)
- Late Greek rhabdomanteia : Greek rhabdos, rod; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots + Greek -manteia, -mancy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“98 We have not heard the last of this old “dowsing rod”: the latest form of rhabdomancy is an electrical-rod invented in the United”
“If it does, revoke, O student, your shrill _eheu_ for the Greekless and untrousered savage of the canoe, suppress your feelings, and go steadily into rhabdomancy with several divining-rods, in search of the Pierian spring which must surely exist somewhere among the guttural districts of the Ojibbeway tongue.”
“This deceptio visus, or product of rhabdomancy, easily effected by an adept of the”
“But our village friend, though perhaps constructively right in his philosophizing, was certainly very defective in his acquaintance with the time-honoured art of rhabdomancy.”
“I refer to such organic forces as are popularly summed up under the words clairvoyance, mesmerism, rhabdomancy, animal magnetism, physical spiritualism.”
“[FN#98] We have not heard the last of this old "dowsing rod": the latest form of rhabdomancy is an electrical-rod invented in the”
“Agreeably to the doctrines of rhabdomancy, formerly in vogue, and at the present moment not entirely discarded, a twig, usually of witchhazle, borne over the surface of the ground, indicates the presence of water to which it is instinctively alive, by stirring in the hand.”
“It is not water, but treasures which they profess to find by some hidden kind of rhabdomancy.”
“Rhabdomantic: "related to rhabdomancy" ( "divination by means of a rod or wand; spec. a technique for searching for underground water, minerals, etc.; dowsing").”
“But after sinking to a greater depth than ever had been known before, and spending nearly £200, they were finally obliged to consult the jowser, who found water at once.] a class of men who practise the Pagan rhabdomancy in a limited sense.”
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