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alectryomancy

[uh-lek-tree-uh-man-see]
noun
  1. an ancient form of divination, using a rooster to select grains of food placed on letters of the alphabet.
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Also a·lec·to·ro·man·cy [uh-lek-tuh-roh-man-see] /əˈlɛk tə roʊˌmæn si/.

Origin of alectryomancy

1675–85; < Greek alektryṓ(n) rooster + -mancy
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Word Origin and History for alectryomancy

n.

"divination by means of a cock and grains of corn," 1680s, from Latinized form of Greek alektryon "cock" + manteia "oracle" (see -mancy). The first element is literally "warder-off, fighter," related to alexein "to ward off, drive or keep off" (see Alexander). And cf. Alekto, one of the three Furies.

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