[ al-fit-uh-man-see ]
/ ælˈfɪt əˌmæn si /
the use of barley meal as a means of divination.
Words nearby alphitomancy
Origin of alphitomancy
1645–55; < Greek álphito(n) barley + -mancy, probably influenced by Greek alphitómantis one who divines from barley meal
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Examples from the Web for alphitomancy
By alphitomancy, cried up by Theocritus in his Pharmaceutria.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.|Francois Rabelais
The expression which I should have employed was alphitomancy, a divination "by meal, flower, or branne."