divining rod


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.




Also called dowsing rod [dou-zing] /ˈdaʊ zɪŋ/. divining rod.
a person skilled in its use.

Origin of dowser

First recorded in 1830–40; dowse2 + -er1
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Related Words for dowsing rod

wand, doodlebug, dowser

British Dictionary definitions for dowsing rod

dowsing rod


another name for divining rod

divining rod


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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