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Axinomancy

Divination by an axe; much practised by the ancient Greeks with a view of discovering crime. An agate was placed on a red-hot axe, and indicated the guilty person by its motion. (Greek, axine manteia.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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