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alectryomancy

[ uh-lek-tree-uh-man-see ]
/ əˈlɛk tri əˌmæn si /
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noun

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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