alec·​try·​o·​man·​cy | \ ə-ˈlek-trē-ō-ˌman(t)-sē \
variants: or alectoromancy \ ə-​ˈlek-​tə-​rō-​ˌman(t)-​sē \
plural -es

Definition of alectryomancy

: 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

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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

First Known Use of alectryomancy

1652, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alectryomancy

Greek alektryōn or alektōr cock + English -mancy

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“Alectryomancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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