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aruspicy (also haruspicy, extispicy, extispicium)

  1. The study and divination by use of animal entrails, usually the victims of sacrifice.
    • 1828, Barthold Georg Niebuhr, Julius Charles Hare and Connop Thirlwall (translators), The History of Rome, Volume 1, J. Taylor, page 115,
      The East read destiny in the stars, Etruria and Greece in the entrails of victims […] But the peculiar secret of the Etruscans was the interpretation of lightning: this, and all the branches of their aruspicy, were taught in sacerdotal schools …

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