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haruspex

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noun ha·rus·pex \hə-ˈrəs-ˌpeks, ˈha-rəs-\

Definition of haruspex

plural ha·rus·pi·ces play \hə-ˈrəs-pə-ˌsēz\

  1. :  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


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