Gaining knowledge about the future from the flight of birds, or all omens from birds. See Divination.

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  • Ornithomancy — (Gk. οἰωνίζομαι) is an Ancient Greek practice of reading omens from the actions of birds, equivalent to the Augury employed by the ancient Romans. Although it was mainly the flights and songs of birds that were studied, any action could have been …   Wikipedia

  • Ornithomancy — Or*nith o*man cy, n. [Gr. ?; o rnis, o rniqos, a bird + ? divination: cf. F. ornithomancie.] Divination by means of birds, their flight, etc. [1913 Webster] Ornithomancy grew into an elaborate science. De Quincey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ornithomancy — divination by observing flight of birds Divination and Fortune Telling …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • ornithomancy — or·nith·o·man·cy …   English syllables

  • ornithomancy — Divination using birds flight and cries …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • ornithomancy — /ˈɔnəθəmænsi/ (say awnuhthuhmansee) noun an ancient form of divination by studying the behaviour of birds, or by examining their entrails. {New Latin ornithomantia, from Greek ornithomanteia, from ornithos of birds + mancy} …   Australian English dictionary

  • ornithomancy —   n. divination from flight of birds …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • ornithomancy — ȯ(r)ˈnithəˌman(t)sē noun ( es) Etymology: Greek ornithomanteia, from ornith + manteia mancy : divination by observation of the flight of birds : augury …   Useful english dictionary

  • Augur — Not to be confused with auger or agar. For other uses, see Augur (disambiguation). Augury redirects here. For the band, see Augury (band). An augur holding a lituus, the curved wand often used as a symbol of augury on Roman coins The augur… …   Wikipedia

  • Methods of divination — This article is about the numerous varieties of divination. For divination as a whole, see Divination. Innumerable methods of divination can be found around the world, and many cultures practice the same methods under different names. During the… …   Wikipedia

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