crithomancy

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Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek κριθομαντεία ‎(krithomanteía, divination by barley), from κριθή ‎(krithḗ, barley) + μαντεία ‎(manteía, divination).

Noun[edit]

crithomancy ‎(uncountable)

  1. Divination by interpreting food, usually bread and grain used in sacrifice.
    • 1652 Gaule The Magastromancer xix.
      Crithomancy, by grain, or corn...