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gyromancy

n.

1550s, method of divination by walking in a circle till the person falls down from dizziness, the inference being drawn from the place in the circle at which he fell, from Medieval Latin gyromantia, from Greek gyyros "circle" (see gyre) + manteia "divination, oracle" (see -mancy).

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  • Gyromancy, jī′ro-man-si, n. divination by walking in a circle till dizziness caused a fall towards one direction or another.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)

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