Haruspices


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Haruspices

 

in ancient Rome, priest-diviners who based their predictions on the inspection of the entrails of sacrificial animals and also interpreted natural phenomena (thunder, lightning, and so forth). The Romans borrowed the custom of haruspicy from the Etruscans.

haruspices

ancient Etruscan seers who divined the future from the entrails of animals. [Rom. Hist.: EB, IV: 933]
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