- a rod, especially a forked stick, commonly of hazel, supposed to be useful in locating underground water, metal deposits, etc.
Origin of divining rod
First recorded in 1745–55
Also called dowsing rod.
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Examples from the Web for divining rod
What has not been said for and against the divining-rod of Jacques Aimar?The Phantom World
After a cold and snowy night it needed a divining-rod to find it.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau
This faculty, indeed, is the divining-rod of the man of science.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
Jacob, whose nose was a divining-rod, told him there was a vein of coal beneath.Strictly Business
The phenomena of tests by the divining-rod are not by any means new.
- a rod, usually a forked hazel twig, said to move or dip when held over ground in which water, metal, etc, is to be foundAlso called: dowsing rod