divining rod


noun

a rod, especially a forked stick, commonly of hazel, supposed to be useful in locating underground water, metal deposits, etc.

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Also called dowsing rod.

Origin of divining rod

First recorded in 1745–55
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divining rod

noun

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
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