Definition of haruspex noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//həˈrʌspeks//
; NAmE NAmE//həˈrʌspeks//
(pl. haruspices
BrE BrE//həˈrʌspɪsiːz//
; NAmE NAmE//həˈrʌspɪsiːz//
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a religious official in ancient Rome who predicted the future or interpreted the meaning of events by examining the insides of birds or animals that had been sacrificed Word OriginLatin, from an unrecorded element meaning ‘entrails’ (related to Sanskrit hirā ‘artery’) + -spex (from specere ‘look at’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: haruspex