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or scap·u·lo·man·cy

[ skap-yuh-luh-man-see ]
/ ˈskæp yə ləˌmæn si /


divination of the future by observation of the cracking of a mammal's scapula that has been heated by a fire or hot instrument.

Nearby words

scapula, scapula alata, scapular, scapulary, scapulectomy, scapulimancy, scapulo-, scapuloclavicular, scapulocostal syndrome, scapulohumeral, scapulopexy
See also oracle bones.

Origin of scapulimancy

First recorded in 1870–75; scapul(a) + -i- + -mancy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for scapulimancy



divination by means of the cracks in a shoulder-blade put into a fire, 1871, from comb. form of scapula + -mancy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper