onychomancy


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onychomancy

(ˈɒnɪkəʊˌmænsɪ)
n
a form of divination through use of the fingernails

onychomancy

a form of divination involving examination of the fingernails.
See also: Divination
the art of divination through inspection of the fingernails. — onychomantic, adj.
See also: Fingers and Toes
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Onychomancy is still popular around the world - Japanese girls are told that biting their fingernails will cause a difficult childbirth later in life.
Chances are, however, that you're not conversant on onychomancy (divination by observing the sun's reflection in fingernails) or tiromancy (prediction based on the shapes of holes in Swiss cheese).