E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
So the divining-rod was usually called. The divining-rod was employed to discover water or mineral treasure. In Blackwoods Magazine (May, 1850) we are told that nobody sinks a well in North Somersetshire without consulting the jowser (as the rod-diviner is called). The Abbé Richard is stated in the Monde to be an extremely expert diviner of water, and amongst others discovered the Christmas Fountain on M. de Metternichs estate, in 1863. In the Quarterly Review (No. 44) we have an account of Lady Noels divining skill. (See World of Wonders, pt. ix. p. 283.)