Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Divination by means of inspecting the entrails of sacrificed animals.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Roman antiquity, divination by inspection of entrails.

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  • noun uncountable Haruspicy: the study and divination by use of animal entrails, usually the victims of sacrifice.
  • noun countable A specific instance of such divination.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin extispicium, from extispex, extispic-, one who perform extispicy : Latin exta, entrails, viscera (perhaps contraction of *exsecta : ex-, ex- + secta, neuter pl. of sectus, past participle of secāre, to cut; see sek- in Indo-European roots) + -spex, one who sees; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin extispicium.

Examples

  • The very rites of Etruscans which were designed to divine the future from the internal organs of sheep, themselves imported traditions traced back to Babylonian extispicy, are necessarily built on a lost metaphor of the Earth, not only as cold, dark and moist but also a living deity, complete with innards.

    Archive 2010-03-01

  • The very rites of Etruscans which were designed to divine the future from the internal organs of sheep, themselves imported traditions traced back to Babylonian extispicy, are necessarily built on a lost metaphor of the Earth, not only as cold, dark and moist but also a living deity, complete with innards.

    The dank bowels of earth

  • This magical pattern is, oddly enough, an abstract representation of the "bowels of the earth" and a reference to both the divinatory practice of extispicy and an ancient conception of the journey of the sun under the horizon during the course of the night2.

    Symbolisms behind the Egyptian Sinat game

  • One link online concerning Babylonian haruspicy i.e. the practice of divining the future through sheep livers may oddly enough help us shed some light on Etruscan rites, beliefs and cosmology: Sacrificial divination: Confirmation of extispicy.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • The labyrinth is the Minoan conception of the underworld, the winding entrails of the earth cf. extispicy.

    More about egg symbols in Etruria and the rest of the classical world

  • One link online concerning Babylonian haruspicy i.e. the practice of divining the future through sheep livers may oddly enough help us shed some light on Etruscan rites, beliefs and cosmology: Sacrificial divination: Confirmation of extispicy.

    Piacenza Liver and The Palace Gate

  • This magical pattern is, oddly enough, an abstract representation of the "bowels of the earth" and a reference to both the divinatory practice of extispicy and an ancient conception of the journey of the sun under the horizon during the course of the night2.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • The labyrinth is the Minoan conception of the underworld, the winding entrails of the earth cf. extispicy.

    More about egg symbols in Etruria and the rest of the classical world

  • "For, in the present excited condition of our river-towns, men do not strive to copy the moderate virtues of the Ancients, but only to exaggerate their heathenish extispicy."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 72, October, 1863

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    On to the kinnor

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  • Divination using the remains of sacrificed animals.

    November 30, 2007

  • Divination using entrails

    January 17, 2009

  • what won't they divinate on!?

    May 21, 2009

  • JM is gutted by extispicy.

    May 9, 2011