auspex

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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.

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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

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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