belomancy

noun bel·o·man·cy \ˈbe-lə-ˌman(t)-sē\

Definition of belomancy

plural

-es

  1. :  divination by drawing arrows at random from a container

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Origin and Etymology of belomancy

borrowed from New Latin belomantia, borrowed from Late Greek belomanteía “casting lots by shaking arrows from a quiver,” from Greek bélos “missile, dart, arrow” + -o- -o- + -manteia -mancy — more at beloid


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