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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Definitions for alphitomancy

  1. the use of barley meal as a means of divination.

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Citations for alphitomancy
…for surely it is a glaring contradiction to admit that alphitomancy can really reveal futurity, and yet to call it a mere vain pretence. E. Johnson, Letter to the Editor, The Metropolitan Magazine: Volume XIV, September to December, 1835
By alphitomancy described by Theocritus in his Pharmaceutria, and by aleuromancy, mixing wheat with flour. François Rabelais (1494–1553), translated by John Michael Cohen, Gargantua and His Son Pantagruel, 1955
Origin of alphitomancy
Alphitomancy comes from the Greek word álphiton meaning "barley." The suffix -mancy comes from the Greek term manteía meaning "divination." Alphitomancy entered English in the mid-1600s.