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haruspex

[ huh-ruhs-peks, har-uh-speks ]
/ h蓹藞r蕦s p蓻ks, 藞h忙r 蓹藢sp蓻ks /
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noun, plural ha路rus路pi路ces [huh-ruhs-puh-seez]. /h蓹藞r蕦s p蓹藢siz/.
(in ancient Rome) one of a class of minor priests who practiced divination, especially from the entrails of animals killed in sacrifice.
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Origin of haruspex

First recorded in 1575鈥85; from Latin, equivalent to haru- (akin to h墨ra 鈥渋ntestine鈥; see chord1) + spec- (stem of specere 鈥渢o look at鈥) + -s nominative singular ending
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British Dictionary definitions for haruspex

haruspex
/ (h蓹藞r蕦sp蓻ks) /

noun plural haruspices (h蓹藞r蕦sp瑟藢si藧z)
(in ancient Rome) a priest who practised divination, esp by examining the entrails of animals

Derived forms of haruspex

haruspical (h蓹藞r蕦sp瑟kl), adjectiveharuspicy (h蓹藞r蕦sp瑟s瑟), noun

Word Origin for haruspex

C16: from Latin, probably from h墨ra gut + specere to look
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