from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A priest in ancient Rome who practiced divination by the inspection of the entrails of animals.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A soothsayer or priest in Ancient Rome (originally Etruscan) who practiced divination by inspecting entrails.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a class of minor priests or soothsayers in ancient Rome, of Etrurian origin, whose function it was to inspect the entrails of victims killed in sacrifice, and by them, as well as by certain natural phenomena, to interpret the will of the gods.
Winding through this timberland of wind catchers, Ken stops to point out the original seed, the squat "blunderbuss," a ducted turbine installed in 1926 by one Dew Oliver, who raised $12 million for his scheme, but ended up convicted of fraud, though today he would not only be absolved, but crowned a haruspex, the Benjamin Graham of energy pickers.
The word was haruspex, not disemboweler, the robot told Glenn.
In the hills near Rome in 70 BC, Tarquinius, a slave proud of his Etruscan heritage and trained as the last Etruscan haruspex soothsayer, leaves the estate when his mentor is killed on the orders of a Roman noble.
Cato mirari se aiebat quod non ridere haruspex haruspicem cum videret.
When presented with a new dictionary, I always look up the word haruspex.
Not surprisingly, then, he searches like a haruspex through various sexual clues scattered in the available material.
It was a case where neither could say anything to the other, though Cato might wonder _quod non rideret haruspex, haruspicem cum vidisset_.
Per idem tempus Uticae forte G. Mario per hostias dis supplicanti, magna atque mirabilia portendi haruspex dixerat; proinde, quae animo agitabat,  fretus dis ageret, fortunam quam saepissime experiretur, cuncta prospere eventura.
 _Agitabat_ does not express the sentiment of the haruspex; for if so, the verb would be in the subjunctive.
The complications and ramifications of the augur's art are infinite, but the main idea should by now be plain, and it must be remembered that the kindred art of the soothsayer (_haruspex_), oracles, and the interpretation of fate by the drawing of lots (_sortes_) are all later foreign introductions: auspice and augury are the only genuine Roman methods for interpreting the will of the gods.
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