Haruspex definition

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A priest in ancient Rome who practiced divination by the inspection of the entrails of animals.
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In ancient Rome, a soothsayer who professed to foretell events by examining the entrails of sacrificial animals.
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A soothsayer or priest in Ancient Rome (originally Etruscan) who practiced divination by inspecting entrails.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
haruspex
Plural:
haruspices

Origin of haruspex

  • Latin gherə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowed from Latin haruspex.

    From Wiktionary