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dowse1

[dous] /daʊs/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), dowsed, dowsing, noun
1.

dowse2

[douz] /daʊz/
verb (used without object), dowsed, dowsing.
1.
to search for underground supplies of water, metal, etc., by the use of a divining rod.
verb (used with object), dowsed, dowsing.
2.
to search for (as water) by or as if by dowsing.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; orig. dial. (SW England); origin obscure
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British Dictionary definitions for dowsed

dowse1

/daʊs/
verb, noun
1.
a variant spelling of douse1
Derived Forms
dowser, noun

dowse2

/daʊz/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to search for underground water, minerals, etc, using a divining rod; divine
Derived Forms
dowser, noun
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for dowsed

dowse

v.

1690s, a south England dialect word, of uncertain origin, said to have been introduced to Devon by German miners in Elizabethan times. Related: Dowsed; dowsing.

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