alectryomancy

noun alec·try·o·man·cy \ə-ˈlek-trē-ō-ˌman(t)-sē\
variants: or

alectoromancy

\ə-ˈlek-tə-rō-ˌman(t)-sē\

Definition of alectryomancy

plural

-es

  1. :  divination by means of a cock encircled by grains of corn placed on the letters of the alphabet which are then put together in the order in which the grains were eaten

alectryomancer

\ə-ˈlek-trē-ō-ˌman(t)-sər\ noun, plural

alectryomancers

The alectryomancers knew how to tap the power of the living chicken. A temple priest would scribe a circle on the ground, mark the letters of the alphabet around it, and place a kernel of corn on each letter. — Bob Sheasley, Home to Roost, 2008

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Origin and Etymology of alectryomancy

Greek alektryōn or alektōr cock + English -mancy


First Known Use: 1652


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