hepatoscopy

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Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek [script?] (hepatoskopia), from ἥπατος (hḗpatos), genitive form of ἧπαρ (hêpar, liver) + σκοπέω (skopéō, to see). Equivalent to hepato- +‎ -scopy.

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Noun[edit]

hepatoscopy (uncountable)

  1. (rare) 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.
    • 1973 Collier's Encyc. x.
      Hepatomancy...animal livers