One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Divination by the examination of straws burning on a hot iron surface.
Divination by means of the stars.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Trenchard (d. 1723), landowner and publicist. From sidero- + -mancy, after French sidéromancie or post-classical Latin sideromantia<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in Saturday Review. From sidero- + -mancy.
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