in ancient Rome, a soothsayer who professed to foretell events by examining the entrails of sacrificial animals
Origin of haruspexL, literally , inspector of entrails ; from haru- (see yarn) + -spex (see auspex)
nounpl. ha·rus·pi·ces also a·rus·pi·ces
A priest in ancient Rome who practiced divination by the inspection of the entrails of animals.
Origin of haruspexLatin; see gher&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
Borrowed from Latin haruspex.