Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.


Divination by means of a wand or rod, especially for discovering underground water or ores.

[Late Greek rhabdomanteia : Greek rhabdos, rod; see wer- in Indo-European roots + Greek -manteia, -mancy.]

rhab′do·man′cer n.


(Alternative Belief Systems) divination for water or mineral ore by means of a rod or wand; dowsing; divining
[C17: via Late Latin from Late Greek rhabdomanteia, from rhabdos a rod + manteia divination]
ˈrhabdoˌmantist, ˈrhabdoˌmancer n


(ˈræb dəˌmæn si)

divination by means of a rod or wand, esp. in discovering ores, springs of water, etc.
[1640–50; < Late Greek rhabdomanteía; see rhabdo-, -mancy]
rhab′do•man`cer, n.


a form of divination involving a rod or wand, especially to locate objects or materials beneath the ground, as water or precious metals; dowsing.
See also: Divination
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rhabdomancy - searching for underground water or minerals by using a dowsing rod
fortune telling, soothsaying, foretelling, divination - the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means
References in periodicals archive ?
As the people who lived in the peninsula survived for ages, it became clear, that they had the expertise, skill in rhabdomancy to divine the water located underground and strong implements to sink in for water that lay beneath the limestone bed.
What is the popular name for rhabdomancy? Quiz of the Day ANSWERS: 1 The Republic of Korea (South Korea); 2 Charles Schultz; 3 Birds - especially parrots; 4 Vladivostok; 5 Uruguay; 6 Godfather; 7 Dowsing; 8 Timber; 9 Bare-knuckle boxing; 10 Harold Wilson.
In addition to investigations of individual physical and trance mediums and crisis apparitions, the reader also learns about the examination of tools used for talking with the dead, including planchettes, slate writing, table tilting, seance cabinets, letter tiles, and "the talking board" (mass marketed as the "Ouija Board") and other phenomena such as cross-correspondence, dream telepathy, rhabdomancy (divining rods), apports, psychometry, and the Willing Game, "a dinner part), entertainment with a mind-reading twist--and a clever title.