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auspex

[ aw-speks ]
/ ˈɔ spɛks /
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noun, plural aus·pi·ces [aw-spuh-seez]. /ˈɔ spəˌsiz/.

an augur of ancient Rome.

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Origin of auspex

1590–1600; <Latin: one who observes birds, soothsayer, diviner, equivalent to au-, base of avis bird + -spex watcher (spec-, stem of specere to look at) + -s nominative singular suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for auspex

auspex
/ (ˈɔːspɛks) /

noun plural auspices (ˈɔːspɪˌsiːz)

Roman history another word for augur (def. 1)
C16: from Latin: observer of birds, from avis bird + specere to look
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