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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.
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First recorded in 1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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
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