auspex

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From *avi-spex (“who examines (the flight of) the birds”). The first part of the word is the stem of avis (bird). The second part is related to specere, speciō (to watch, observe).[1] See also haruspex.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

auspex m (genitive auspicis); third declension

  1. an augur
  2. an officiating priest

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative auspex auspicēs
genitive auspicis auspicum
dative auspicī auspicibus
accusative auspicem auspicēs
ablative auspice auspicibus
vocative auspex auspicēs

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacqueline Picoche, Jean-Claude Rolland, Dictionnaire étymologique du français, Paris 2009, Dictionnaires Le Robert, ISBN 978-2-84902-424-9; dépit, oie