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Alectromancy

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Divination by a cock. Draw a circle, and write in succession round it the letters of the alphabet, on each of which lay a grain of corn. Then put a cock in the centre of the circle, and watch what grains he eats. The letters will prognosticate the answer. Libanius and Jamblicus thus discovered who was to succeed the emperor Valens. The cock ate the grains over the letters t, h, e, o, d = Theod [orus]. Greek alector, cock; manteia, divination.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Ale
Aleberry
Ale-dagger (An)
Ale-draper
Ale Knight (An)
Ale-silver
Ale-stake
Ale-wife
Alecto
Alectorian Stone (An)
Alectromancy
Aleria (in Orlando Furioso)
Alert
Alessio
Alethes
Alexander and the Robber
Alexander
Alexander of the North
Alexander the Corrector
Alexander’s Beard
Alexandra (in Orlando Furioso)