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dowse (douz) verb tr., intr.
To search for underground water or minerals with a divining rod.
[Of obscure origin.]
Dowsing is usually performed using a forked twig. With one end in each hand and the third end pointing out, a dowser walks forward and the pointer is supposed to lead towards water and vibrate when near water. There are even various societies of dowsers. An argument refuting the claims of dowsing.
The word is also a variant spelling of the word douse.
"[Edith Greene] found water for the town of Montgomery when a paid
hydrologist couldn't. She is a person who spends a good part of her
time dowsing, and not just for water."
This week's theme: words related to forecasting.
A diamond with a flaw is better than a common stone that is perfect. -Chinese proverb
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