abacomancy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Translingual: from Hebrew אָבָק(dust), and from Ancient Greek μαντεία (manteía, prophecy).

Noun[edit]

abacomancy (uncountable)

  1. (rare) Divination using dust, dirt, silt, sand, ashes, or smoke. Patterns in the medium under various circumstances are interpreted to envision future events.
    • 2015, Selena Thane, Jinn Benevolence: Tuath Dé[1], Smashwords:
      Hekuba planned every single day of Calliope, Gadukz's and even to a lesser amount Castor's life since the moment one of the royal Slaugh foresaw their union with her powers of Abacomancy.
    • 2016, P.L. Jones, Into the Shadows: A Rosedown Seminary Novel[2], Archway Publishing, →ISBN:
      "I have asked for a close colleague of mine to come and perform a small abacomancy."