hydromancy
noun Etymology: Middle English ydromancie, from Middle French hydromancie, from Latin hydromantia, from hydr- + -mantia -mancy Date: 14th century divination by the appearance or motion of liquids (as water)

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  • Hydromancy — (from Greek hydro , meaning water, and manteia , meaning divination) is the art of crystal gazing by means of water, including the color, ebb and flow, or ripples produced by pebbles dropped in a pool. The Jesuit M. A. Del Rio (1551–1608)… …   Wikipedia

  • Hydromancy — Hy dro*man cy, n. [Hydro , 1 + mancy: cf. F. hydromancie.] Divination by means of water, practiced by the ancients. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hydromancy — [hī′drō man΄sē] n. [ME idromancie < OFr ydromancie < L hydromantia < Gr hydromanteia: see HYDRO & MANCY] divination by the observation of water hydromancer [hī′drō man΄sər] n …   English World dictionary

  • hydromancy — hydromancer, n. hydromantic, adj. /huy dreuh man see/, n. divination by means of the motions or appearance of water. [1585 95; earlier hydromantie, cie ( < MF) LGk hydromanteía divination by water; r. ME ydromancye < MF ydromancie < L. See HYDRO… …   Universalium

  • hydromancy — noun Divination by water or other liquid. See Also: hydatoscopy …   Wiktionary

  • hydromancy —    see crystal vision …   Dictionary of Hallucinations

  • hydromancy — divination using water Divination and Fortune Telling …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • hydromancy — hy·dro·man·cy …   English syllables

  • hydromancy — hy•dro•man•cy [[t]ˈhaɪ drəˌmæn si[/t]] n. divination by means of the motions or appearance of water • Etymology: 1585–95; earlier hydromantie, cie (< MF) « LGk hydromanteía divination by water. See hydro I, mancy hy′dro•man cer, n. hy… …   From formal English to slang

  • hydromancy — Divination by water of magic involving water …   Grandiloquent dictionary

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