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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.



auspex m (genitive auspicis); third declension

  1. an augur
  2. an officiating priest


Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative auspex auspicēs
Genitive auspicis auspicum
Dative auspicī auspicibus
Accusative auspicem auspicēs
Ablative auspice auspicibus
Vocative auspex auspicēs


Derived terms[edit]


  • auspex in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • auspex in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • auspex in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • auspex in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • auspex in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  1. ^ Jacqueline Picoche, Jean-Claude Rolland, Dictionnaire étymologique du français, Paris 2009, Dictionnaires Le Robert, →ISBN; dépit, oie