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