/bib"lee oh man'see/, n.
divination by means of a book, esp. the Bible, opened at random to some verse or passage, which is then interpreted.
[1745-55; BIBLIO- + -MANCY]

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  • bibliomancy — /ˈbɪbliəmænsi/ (say bibleeuhmansee) noun divination by means of a book, as the Bible, opened at random at some verse taken as significant. {biblio + mancy} …   Australian-English dictionary

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