from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Divination by means of a wand or rod, especially for discovering underground water or ores.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Divination with a wand or rod; dowsing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as rabdomancy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Divination by a rod or wand; specifically, the attempt to discover things concealed in the earth, as ores, metals, or springs of water, by a divining-rod; bletonism; dousing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. searching for underground water or minerals by using a dowsing rod
Late Greek rhabdomanteia : Greek rhabdos, rod; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots + Greek -manteia, -mancy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1646. From Latin rhabdomantīa, from Ancient Greek ῥαβδομαντεία (rhabdomanteia), from ῥάβδος (rhabdos, "rod") + μαντεία (manteia, "divination"). (Wiktionary)