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- Ancient Greek astragalos, one of the vertebrae.
- Ancient Greek astragaloi (plural), a type of dice made from the knuckle bones of sheep.
- Divination by dice made from huckle-bones. They have four flat sides and two round sides which were marked.
- Divination by throwing astragaloi (see etymology above) onto the pages of a picture book.
- Simply divination by dice.
- ""kinde of divination by the opening of a booke at all adventures..." He adds, "I shall omit to speak here of astragalomancy, that was done with huckle bones; ceromancy, and all other such like fooleries." -- E. Chilmead in Brand Popular Antiquities, Dr. Ferrand, in his Love Melancholy, 1640
- "ASTRAGALOMANCY or ASTRAGYROMANCY: Divination with dice, ranging from crude bones with primitive markings to cubes bearing spots, letters, or cabalistic symbols, all interpreted by the bone caster." -- Gibson Complete Illust. Bk Div. & Prophecy, 1973
- "Astragalomancy: Today this is a form of divination using two dice, but originally a pair of astragals (probably the left and right ankle-bones of a sheep) would have been used." -- Complete Bk Predictions, 1983
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