haruspication

haruspication

(həˌrʌspɪˈkeɪʃən)
n
(Alternative Belief Systems) archaic the use of animal entrails for divination
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haruspicy, haruspication

a form of divination from lightning and other natural phenomena, but especially from inspection of the entrails of animal sacrifices. Also called extispicy. — haruspex, n.haruspical, adj.
See also: Divination
haruspicy.
See also: Animals
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