[huh-ruhs-peks, har-uh-speks] /həˈrʌs pɛks, ˈhær əˌspɛks/

noun, plural haruspices
[huh-ruhs-puh-seez] /həˈrʌs pəˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
(in ancient Rome) one of a class of minor priests who practiced divination, especially from the entrails of animals killed in sacrifice.
noun (pl) haruspices (həˈrʌspɪˌsiːz)
(in ancient Rome) a priest who practised divination, esp by examining the entrails of animals

1580s, from Latin haruspex (plural haruspices) “soothsayer by means of entrails,” first element from PIE *ghere- “gut, entrail” (see yarn); second element from Latin spic- “beholding, inspecting” (see inspect). The practice is Etruscan. Related: Haruspical; haruspication.


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