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planchette

[plan-shet, -chet] /plænˈʃɛt, -ˈtʃɛt/
noun
1.
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
1855-1860
1855-60; < French; see planch, -ette
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planchette

/plɑːnˈʃɛt/
noun
1.
a heart-shaped board on wheels, on which messages are written under supposed spirit guidance
Word Origin
C19: from French: little board, from plancheplank1
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