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dowser

[dou-zer]
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noun
  1. Also called dowsing rod [dou-zing] /ˈdaʊ zɪŋ/. divining rod.
  2. a person skilled in its use.

Origin of dowser

First recorded in 1830–40; dowse2 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for dowser

Historical Examples

  • These modes possibly include that which moves the dowser's rod.

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  • What then is the secret of the dowser's often remarkable success?

  • To-day, however, the common belief is that the name is derived from the magic power of the 'Dowser' or Water-Finder.

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  • Is this due to any special faculty in the dowser, or has the twig itself anything to do with it?

  • My dowser then found a small shack on the map where a communicator to the ship would be.

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