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coscinomancy

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Etymology

Ancient Greek koskinomantis, "a diviner using a sieve" < koskinon, "a sieve".

Noun

Singular
coscinomancy

Plural
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coscinomancy (-)
  1. Divination by the use of a suspended sieve sometimes from tongs or shears. The movement of the sieve when a person's name or word is spoken is interpreted.

Quotations

  • 1603 Christopher Heydon A Defence of Ivdiciall Astrolgie
    And as for Hydromancie, and Choschinomancie, they could vanish as superfluous, as were evident and ridiculous even to the ignorant.
  • 1660 Urquhart tr. Rabelais Gargantua & Pantagruel iii. xxv.
    By Coscinomancy, most religiously observed of old, amidst the Ceremonies of the ancient Romans. Let us have a Sieve and Shiers, and thou shalt see Devils.
  • 1913 Halliday Greek Div. x.
    To the same species of divinatory rites [i.e. those involving a swinging pendulum] belong the koskinomancy of Theokritos, familiar in England as the consultation of the sieve and shears, and the minor rites of axinomancy and sphondylomancy.

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