planchette

planchette

[plan-shet, -chet]
noun
a small, heart-shaped board supported by two casters and a pencil or stylus that, when moved across a surface by the light, unguided pressure of the fingertips, is supposed to trace meaningful patterns or written messages revealing subconscious thoughts, psychic phenomena, clairvoyant messages, etc.
Compare Ouija.


Origin:
1855–60; < French; see planch, -ette

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planchette (plɑːnˈʃɛt)
 
n
a heart-shaped board on wheels, on which messages are written under supposed spirit guidance
 
[C19: from French: little board, from plancheplank1]

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