geomancy

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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin geomantia from late Ancient Greek γεωμαντεία (geōmanteia).

Noun[edit]

geomancy (uncountable)

  1. A method of divination which interprets markings on the ground or how handfuls of dirt land when tossed.

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  • 1660 Urquhart tr. Rabelais Gargantua & Pantagruel iii. xxv.
    Hard by here, in the Brown-wheat-Island, dwelleth Her Trippa; you know how by the Arts of Astrology, Geomancy, Chiromancy, Metopomancy, and others of a like stuff and nature, he foretelleth all things to come...
  • 1868 Chambers's Encyc. III
    Geomancy (this was anciently practised by casting pebbles on the ground, from which conjectures were formed; but the Arabian geomancy was more recondite, being founded on the effects of motion under the crust of the earth, the chinks thus produced, and the noises or thunderings heard)...
  • 1970 Man, Myth & Magic v.
    Geomancy - by dots on paper, marks on the earth, or particles of earth.

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Noun[edit]

geomancy (uncountable)

  1. geomancy
    • 1425 Mandev. (Eg) 115/9
      At a syde of pe emperour table sittez many philosophers and grete clerkez of diuerse sciencez, sum of astronomy, sum of nigromancy, sum of geomancy, sum of pyromancy, sum of ydromancy.