taghairm

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Scots Gaelic

Noun[edit]

taghairm ‎(uncountable)

  1. An ancient divination method of the Highland Scots: the oracle of the hide, in which a person was sewn into the hide of a freshly-killed ox and placed beside a waterfall. This would enable him to foresee the results of an impending battle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake to this entry?)
  2. An ancient divination method of the Highland Scots, in which cats were roasted alive to call up the spirit of the demon cat who would grant the wishes of the torturers.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of London Literary Gazette for March 1824 to this entry?)