dowsed

dowse

1 [dous]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), dowsed, dowsing, noun
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dowse

2 [douz]
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:
1685–95; orig. dial. (SW England); origin obscure

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dowse1 (daʊs)
 
vb, —n
a variant spelling of douse
 
'dowser1
 
n

dowse2 (daʊz)
 
vb
(intr) to search for underground water, minerals, etc, using a divining rod; divine
 
[C17: of unknown origin]
 
'dowser2
 
n

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