daphnomancy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek δάφνη (dáphnē, laurel) +‎ -mancy.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

daphnomancy (uncountable)

  1. (rare) Divination by laurel branches or trees, leaves etc.

References[edit]

  • "Daphnomantia, per lauri ramum in ignem conjectum, qvalent ille strpeitum ediderit." -- Bibliographia Antiquaria xii, Fabricii, 1713
  • "Daphnomancy: Divination by means of a laurel. A branch is thrown in the fire, if it crackles in burning it is a happy sign, but if it burns without doing so, the prognostication is false." -- Encyc. Occult, L. Spence, 1920