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French or Late hydromancie Latin , from hydromantia Ancient Greek *ὑδρομαντεία ( *hudromanteía ); corresponding to + hydro- . -mancy
hydromancy ( usually , uncountable plural ) hydromancies
Divination by water or other liquid.
1797, Encyclopædia Britannica, 3 edition:
Hydromancy is the supposed art of divining by water. The Persians, according to Varro, invented it; Pythagoras and Numa Pompilius made use of it; and we still admire the like wonderful prognosticators.
1985, Georg Luck, Arcana Mundi, : →ISBN
Hydromancy, like many other methods of divination, seems to have originated in Babylonia and reached the Greco-Roman world via Egypt, in the first century b.c. or earlier.
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divination by water or other liquid