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.
Latin; see gherə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Latin haruspex. (Wiktionary)