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hepatoscopy

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The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.
John Maynard Keynes
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Etymology

Ancient Greek hepatoskopia < hepatos, "liver" + skopeo, "to examine".

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Noun

Singular
hepatoscopy

Plural
-

hepatoscopy (-)
  1. (rare) Divination by the liver of an animal or bird. The liver was divided into sections, each section representing a deity, the markings in these zones were important. A form of aruspicy.

Quotations

  • 1973 Collier's Encyc. x.
    Hepatomancy...animal livers

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