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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Divination by means of a wand or rod, especially for discovering underground water or ores.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Same as rabdomancy.

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  • noun Divination with a wand or rod; dowsing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun searching for underground water or minerals by using a dowsing rod

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Greek rhabdomanteia : Greek rhabdos, rod; see wer- in Indo-European roots + Greek -manteia, -mancy.]

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First attested in 1646. From Latin rhabdomantīa, from Ancient Greek ῥαβδομαντεία (rhabdomanteia), from ῥάβδος (rhabdos, "rod") + μαντεία (manteia, "divination").

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