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Divination from the fingernails.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Gaule (1603/4–1687), Church of England clergyman and author. Either from post-classical Latin onychomantia or from its elements ancient Greek ὄνυχο- onycho- + Hellenistic Greek -μαντεία -mancy. Compare Spanish onicomancia.
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