haruspex


ha·rus·pex

noun \hə-ˈrəs-ˌpeks, ˈha-rəs-\
plural ha·rus·pi·ces \hə-ˈrəs-pə-ˌsēz\

Definition of HARUSPEX

:  a diviner in ancient Rome basing his predictions on inspection of the entrails of sacrificial animals

Origin of HARUSPEX

Latin, from haru- (akin to chordē gut, cord) + -spex, from specere to look — more at yarn, spy
First Known Use: 1584

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: haruspical
Previous Word in the Dictionary: harum–scarum
All Words Near: haruspex

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up haruspex? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).