tasseography

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A macaronic blend of French tasse (cup) and -graphy (writing).

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tasseography (uncountable)

  1. Divination with tea leaves.
    • 2008, Colette Baron-Reid, Messages From Spirit: The Extraordinary Power of Oracles, Omens, and Signs, page 145,
      Tasseography can be a very accurate means of seeing the patterns and choices playing out in your life.
    • 2008, Sabrina Hill, Joni Russell, The Everything Baby Shower Book: Throw a Memorable Event for Mother-to-Be, page 125,
      Another activity option is tasseography—the art of reading tea leaves.
    • 2011, Maureen Hancock, The Medium Next Door: Adventures of a Real-Life Ghost Whisperer, page 15,
      Although tasseography is commonly associated with Gypsy fortunetellers, the tradition of tea-leaf reading arose independently in Asia, the Middle East, and Ancient Greece. Modern tasseography has also been associated with the Scottish, Irish, and cultures of Eastern Europe.

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