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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Divi’ning Rod.
A forked branch of hazel, suspended by the two prongs between the balls of the thumbs. The inclination of the rod indicates the presence of water-springs, precious metal, and anything else that simpletons will pay for. (See DOUSTERSWIVEL.)   1

 Divine Speaker (The).Divinity in Odd Numbers. 

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