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divining rod

a rod, especially a forked stick, commonly of hazel, supposed to be useful in locating underground water, metal deposits, etc.
Also called dowsing rod.
Origin of divining rod
First recorded in 1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In the parish of Crôle lived a man named Jacques Aymar, supposed to be endowed with the faculty of using the divining rod.

    Curious Myths of the Middle Ages Sabine Baring-Gould
  • After a cold and snowy night it needed a divining rod to find it.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7 Charles H. Sylvester
  • In old days they made use of the forked branches of the hazel as a divining rod.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • He said he'd use it for a divining rod when he wanted to find a little spring.

  • It is just like the story of the man who came here last year with the divining rod.

    Beatrice H. Rider Haggard
  • The superstition of the divining rod prevailed only a century and a half ago.

  • The great authority for the modern history of the divining rod is a work published by M. Chevreuil, in Paris, in 1854.

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
  • Probably the divining rod was to be employed, as in a case cited by Scott.

  • It is the same force which acts in the divining rod, the pendulum, and similar phenomena.

    Modern Magic Maximilian Schele de Vere
  • A Cornish lady informs me that the Cornish miners to this day use the divining rod.

    The Divining Rod Charles Latimer
British Dictionary definitions for divining rod

divining rod

a rod, usually a forked hazel twig, said to move or dip when held over ground in which water, metal, etc, is to be found Also called dowsing rod
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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