Definitions

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  • n. Divination by interpreting the sound or effect of an object or substance falling into a body of water. Gems are commonly used.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Divination practiced with water in a basin, by throwing three stones into it, and invoking the demon whose aid was sought.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Divination by throwing three stones into water in a basin and invoking the aid of a demon.

Etymologies

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From New Latin lecanomantia, from Late Latin lecanomantia, from Ancient Greek λεκανομαντεία (lekanomanteia), from Ancient Greek λεκάνη (lekanē, "dish, pan").

Examples

  • Have you a mind, quoth Herr Trippa, to have the truth of the matter yet more fully and amply disclosed unto you by pyromancy, by aeromancy, whereof Aristophanes in his Clouds maketh great estimation, by hydromancy, by lecanomancy, of old in prime request amongst the Assyrians, and thoroughly tried by Hermolaus

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Have you a mind, quoth Herr Trippa, to have the truth of the matter yet more fully and amply disclosed unto you by pyromancy, by aeromancy, whereof Aristophanes in his Clouds maketh great estimation, by hydromancy, by lecanomancy, of old in prime request amongst the Assyrians, and thoroughly tried by

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 3

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  • The osteo- method is bone;
    The lecano- version throws stone.
    We've got the 'mancy
    To scry what you can't see!
    So call! We'll divine on the phone!

    October 10, 2014