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alphitomancy

[al-fit-uh-man-see]
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noun
  1. the use of barley meal as a means of divination.

Origin of alphitomancy

1645–55; < Greek álphito(n) barley + -mancy, probably influenced by Greek alphitómantis one who divines from barley meal
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Historical Examples

  • By alphitomancy, cried up by Theocritus in his Pharmaceutria.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.

    Francois Rabelais

  • The expression which I should have employed was alphitomancy, a divination "by meal, flower, or branne."