• IPA: /ˈdæʊzə/

dowser (plural dowsers)

  1. A divining rod used in searching for water, ore, etc.; a dowsing rod.
    Synonyms: divining rod, dowsing rod
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  2. One who uses the dowser or divining rod. A diviner.
    Synonyms: rhabdomantist, rhabdomancer, radiesthesist
    • 1996, Richard Webster, Dowsing for Beginners: The Art of Discovering Water, Treasure, Gold, Oil, Artifacts, Llewellyn Worldwide (ISBN 9781567188028)
      Interestingly enough, John Mullins, the celebrated English dowser, was able to do this experiment using a forked twig, rather than a pendulum. He claimed to be able to locate nothing but water with his dowsing rod.
    • 2002, Michael Shermer, The Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience, ABC-CLIO (ISBN 9781576076538), page 93:
      The instrument a dowser uses is called a dowsing rod, dowsing stick, doodlebug (when used to locate oil), or divining rod. Almost any item can be used for this purpose: a birch twig, a whalebone, and even a hanger.

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