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ha·rus·pex

 (hə-rŭs′pĕks′, hăr′ə-spĕks′) also a·rus·pex (ə-rŭs′pĕks′)
n. pl. ha·rus·pi·ces (hə-rŭs′pĭ-sēz′) also a·rus·pi·ces (ə-rŭs′pĭ-sēz′)
A priest in ancient Rome who practiced divination by the inspection of the entrails of animals.

[Latin; see gherə- in Indo-European roots.]

ha·rus′pi·cate′ (-pĭ-kāt′) v.

haruspex

(həˈrʌspɛks)
n, pl haruspices (həˈrʌspɪˌsiːz)
(Historical Terms) (in ancient Rome) a priest who practised divination, esp by examining the entrails of animals
[C16: from Latin, probably from hīra gut + specere to look]
haruspical adj
haruspicy n

ha•rus•pex

(həˈrʌs pɛks, ˈhær əˌspɛks)

n., pl. ha•rus•pi•ces (həˈrʌs pəˌsiz)
one of a class of ancient Roman diviners who based their predictions on the interpretation of animal entrails, natural prodigies, and unusual meteorological phenomena.
[1575–85; < Latin, =haru-, akin to hīra intestine, Greek chordḗ gut (see chord1) + spec(ere) to look at]
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haruspex

also aruspex
noun
A person who foretells future events by or as if by supernatural means:
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