noun alec·try·o·man·cy \ə-ˈlek-trē-ō-ˌman(t)-sē\
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Definition of alectryomancy



  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


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


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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feeling or affected by lethargy

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