Alphitomancy
Alphitomancy Al*phit"o*man`cy, n. [Gr. ? barley meal + -mancy: cf. F. alphitomancie.] Divination by means of barley meal. --Knowles. [1913 Webster]

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  • Alphitomancy — (from Greek alphito , barley , and manteia , divination ) is a form of divination involving barley cakes or loaves of barley bread.When someone in a group was suspected of a crime, the members of the group would be fed barley cakes or slices of… …   Wikipedia

  • alphitomancy — /al fit euh man see/, n. the use of barley meal as a means of divination. [1645 55; < Gk álphito(n) barley + MANCY, prob. influenced by Gk alphitómantis one who divines from barley meal] * * * …   Universalium

  • alphitomancy — noun a) Ancient Greek method of divination using barley meal. b) A divination practise used to reveal guilty parties my feeding a person or group barley meal. The innocent, it is said, would feel no effects, but the guilty would feel indigestion …   Wiktionary

  • alphitomancy — divination using loaves of barley Divination and Fortune Telling …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • alphitomancy — Divination using barley meal …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • alphitomancy — /ælˈfɪtəˌmænsi/ (say al fituh.mansee) noun a means of divination using special cakes that are said to have a pleasant taste only for persons with a clear conscience. {French alphitomantie, from Greek alphitomantis a diviner who used barley meal,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • alphitomancy — /al fit euh man see/, n. the use of barley meal as a means of divination. [1645 55; < Gk álphito(n) barley + MANCY, prob. influenced by Gk alphitómantis one who divines from barley meal] …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Divination — This article is about divination as a whole. For the numerous varieties of divination, see Methods of divination. For other uses, see Divination (disambiguation). This man in Rhumsiki, Cameroon, supposedly tells the future by interpreting the… …   Wikipedia

  • Numerology — is any study of the purported mystical relationship between a count or measurement and life. It has many systems and traditions and beliefs. Numerology and numerological divination by systems such as isopsephy were popular among early… …   Wikipedia

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