auspex

auspex (n.) 1590s, "one who observes flights of birds for the purpose of taking omens," from L. auspex "interpreter of omens given by birds," from PIE *awi-spek- "observer of birds," from *awi- "bird" + *spek- "to see." Connection between birds and omens also is in Gk. oionos "bird of prey, bird of omen, omen," and ornis "bird," which also could mean "omen."

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  • Auspex — (Mehrz.: Auspĭces, lat., »Vogelschauer«), soviel wie Augur (s. Augurn und Auspizien) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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  • auspex — [ôs′peks΄] n. pl. auspices [ôs′pə sēz΄] [L, contr. of avispex < avis, bird + specere, see: see SPY] in ancient Rome, an augur, or diviner, esp. one who watched for omens in the flight of birds …   English World dictionary

  • auspex — /aw speks/, n., pl. auspices /aw speuh seez /. an augur of ancient Rome. [1590 1600; < L: one who observes birds, soothsayer, diviner, equiv. to au , base of avis bird + spex watcher (spec , s. of specere to look at) + s nom. sing. suffix] * * * …   Universalium

  • auspex — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A person who foretells future events by or as if by supernatural means: augur, diviner, foreteller, haruspex, prophesier, prophet, prophetess, seer, sibyl, soothsayer, vaticinator. See FORESIGHT …   English dictionary for students

  • auspex — n. augur in ancient Rome …   English contemporary dictionary

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