ornithomancy


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ornithomancy

(ˈɔːnɪθəʊˌmænsɪ)
n
(Alternative Belief Systems) divination from the flight and cries of birds
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ornithomancy, ornithoscopy

a form of divination involving the observation of birds, especially in flight.
See also: Divination
the observation of birds, especially in flight, for the purpose of divination.
See also: Birds
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ornithomancy

Divination using the sound, appearance, and flight of birds.
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Translations
ornithomancie
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Most probably of Anatolian origin, as suggested by Minunno, the practice of ornithomancy was widespread in the Hittite kingdom.
Archaic poetry stages many episodes when individuals, laymen and professionals alike, perceive and decipher bird signs (ornithomancy) and these, I suggest, form part of the "traditional referentiality" (10) informing a late sixth-century audience's response to the work.
Instead he counters with a wholesale rejection of ornithomancy, first dismissing the traditional mode of deciphering bird signs and then replacing it, in an obvious piece of revisionism, with an oionos of an entirely novel, and patently non-ornithological kind (12.237-43): (17)
London, Feb 12 (ANI): Single girls who want to find out who they'll fall in love with should go birdwatching on Valentine's Day, according to an ancient art called ornithomancy.
Tourism bosses in Worcestershire have compiled a modern guide to romantic ornithomancy.
form of .salwini- (a bird name in ornithomancy) and syllabified here for the first time as [degrees]-u-e-[degrees], is to be added to CHD S/1, 110.
1.2 Local Characteristics: Predictions by Ornithomancy ('iyafa)
In traditions of another kind 'Umar's death is predicted by means of ornithomancy ('iyafa), which was practiced throughout the ancient world, including pre-Islamic Arabia.