divination by examining animal livers

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  • Hepatoscopy — Hep a*tos co*py, n. [Gr. ?; fr. h^par, h patos, the liver + ? to view: cf. F. h[ e]patoscopie.] Divination by inspecting the liver of animals. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hepatoscopy — /hep euh tos keuh pee/, n., pl. hepatoscopies. 1. medical examination of the liver. 2. examination of the livers of sacrificed animals as a technique of divination. [1720 30; HEPATO + SCOPY] * * * …   Universalium

  • hepatoscopy — noun 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. Hepatomancy...animal livers …   Wiktionary

  • hepatoscopy — Examination of the liver. [hepato + G. skopeo, to examine] * * * hep·a·tos·co·py (hep″ə tosґkə pe) [hepato + scopy] examination of the liver …   Medical dictionary

  • hepatoscopy — n. divination by examining the livers of sacrificed animals …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hepatoscopy — hep·a·tos·co·py …   English syllables

  • Hepatoscopy —    Gaining knowledge about the future by looking at the liver. The liver may be inscribed with magic words and spells. See Divination …   The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology

  • hepatoscopy — ˌhepəˈtäskəpē noun ( es) Etymology: Greek hēpatoskopia inspection of the liver, from hēpatoskopein to inspect the liver (from hēpat hepat + skopein to inspect, contemplate, view) + ia y more at spy : divination by inspecting the liver of animals… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Haruspex — Etruscan inscriptions on the bronze sheep s liver of Piacenza In Roman and Etruscan religious practice, a haruspex (plural haruspices; Latin auspex, plural auspices) was a man trained to practice a form of divination called haruspicy, hepatoscopy …   Wikipedia

  • Methods of divination — This article is about the numerous varieties of divination. For divination as a whole, see Divination. Innumerable methods of divination can be found around the world, and many cultures practice the same methods under different names. During the… …   Wikipedia

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