divining rod

noun
  1. 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.

dowser

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

Origin of dowser

First recorded in 1830–40; dowse2 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for dowsing-rod

divining rod

noun
  1. 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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