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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Divination by the liver of an animal or bird. The liver was divided into sections, each section representing a deity, and the markings in these zones were important. A form of aruspicy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Divination by inspecting the liver of animals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Among the ancients, divination by inspection of the livers of animals.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek  (hepatoskopia), from ἥπατος (hēpatos), genitive form of ἧπαρ (hēpar, "liver") + σκοπέω (skopeo, "to see"). Equivalent to hepato- + -scopy. (Wiktionary)

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