- Gaining knowledge about the future by looking at the liver. The liver may be inscribed with magic words and spells. See Divination.
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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 — divination by examining animal livers Divination and Fortune Telling … Phrontistery dictionary
hepatoscopy — n. divination by examining the livers of sacrificed animals … English contemporary dictionary
hepatoscopy — hep·a·tos·co·py … English syllables
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