/heuh rus"peks, har"euh speks'/, n., pl. haruspices /heuh rus"peuh seez'/.
(in ancient Rome) one of a class of minor priests who practiced divination, esp. from the entrails of animals killed in sacrifice.
Also, aruspex.
[1575-85; < L, equiv. to haru- (akin to hira intestine; see CHORD1) + spec- (s. of specere to look at) + -s nom. sing. ending]

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