haruspex

haruspex

[huh-ruhs-peks, har-uh-speks]
noun, plural haruspices [huh-ruhs-puh-seez] .
(in ancient Rome) one of a class of minor priests who practiced divination, especially from the entrails of animals killed in sacrifice.
Also, aruspex.


Origin:
1575–85; < Latin, equivalent to haru- (akin to hīra intestine; see chord1) + spec- (stem of specere to look at) + -s nominative singular ending

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haruspex (həˈrʌspɛks)
 
n , pl haruspices
(in ancient Rome) a priest who practised divination, esp by examining the entrails of animals
 
[C16: from Latin, probably from hīra gut + specere to look]
 
haruspical
 
adj
 
haruspicy
 
n

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haruspex
1584, from L. "soothsayer by means of entrails," first element related to L. hernia "rupture," Gk. khorde "gut," Skt. hira "entrails;" second element from L. spic- "beholding, inspecting" (see inspect). The practice is Etruscan.
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