Alectryomancy
Alectryomancy A*lec"try*o*man`cy, n. [Gr. ? cock + -mancy.] Divination by means of a cock and grains of corn placed on the letters of the alphabet, the letters being put together in the order in which the grains were eaten. --Amer. Cyc. [1913 Webster]

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  • Alectryomancy — (also called alectoromancy or alectromancy) is a form of divination in which the diviner observes a bird, several birds (or most preferably a white rooster or cockerel) pecking at grain (such as wheat) that the diviner has scattered on the ground …   Wikipedia

  • alectryomancy — (n.) divination by means of a cock and grains of corn, 1680s, from Gk. alektryon cock + manteia oracle (see MANCY (Cf. mancy)). The first element is lit. warder off, fighter, related to alexein to ward off, drive or keep off (see ALEXANDER (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • alectryomancy — /euh lek tree euh man see/, n. an ancient form of divination, using a rooster to select grains of food placed on letters of the alphabet. Also, alectoromancy /euh lek teuh roh man see/. [1675 85; < Gk alektryó(n) rooster + MANCY] * * * …   Universalium

  • alectryomancy — noun A form of divination in which the diviner observes a bird, several birds (or most preferably the white rooster or cockerel) pecking at grain that the diviner has scattered on the ground …   Wiktionary

  • alectryomancy — divination by watching a rooster gather corn kernels Divination and Fortune Telling …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • alectryomancy — alec·try·o·man·cy …   English syllables

  • alectryomancy — Magic using corn …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • alectryomancy — /əˈlɛktriəˌmænsi/ (say uh lektreeuh.mansee) noun a form of divination whereby a bird, usually a black hen or a white gamecock, is allowed to pick grains of corn from a circle of letters, thus forming words. {Greek alektryōn cock + mancy} …   Australian English dictionary

  • alectryomancy — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Methods of divination — This article is about the numerous varieties of divination. For divination as a whole, see Divination. Innumerable methods of divination can be found around the world, and many cultures practice the same methods under different names. During the… …   Wikipedia

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