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[huh-ruhs-peks, har-uh-speks] /həˈrʌs pɛks, ˈhær əˌspɛks/
noun, plural haruspices
[huh-ruhs-puh-seez] /həˈrʌs pəˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
(in ancient Rome) one of a class of minor priests who practiced divination, especially from the entrails of animals killed in sacrifice.
Also, aruspex.
1575-85; < Latin, equivalent to haru- (akin to hīra intestine; see chord1) + spec- (stem of specere to look at) + -s nominative singular ending Unabridged
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noun (pl) haruspices (həˈrʌspɪˌsiːz)
(in ancient Rome) a priest who practised divination, esp by examining the entrails of animals
Derived Forms
haruspical (həˈrʌspɪkəl) adjective
haruspicy (həˈrʌspɪsɪ) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, probably from hīra gut + specere to look
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Word Origin and History for 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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