Early modern English: cheiromancy, chiromancie, chyromancia, chyromancie, chyromancy.
From Gr. for "hand" + -mancy.
- Divination performed by examining the palms.
1620 J. Melton Astrologaster
:If they fore-tell things that shall happen by signes that they see in lines of a mans hand; then it is called Chyromancie...
1995 C. Walker Encyc. Secret Knowledge
:Modern palmistry differs from the ancient methods in concentrating on what is called chirognomy at the expense of chiromancy.
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Middle English: chiromanty, chiromantie, chyromancie, ciromanci, ciromancie, cyromancy, cyromancye.
New Latin: chiromantia, chyromantia.