(In ancient Rome) the interpretation of omens by inspecting the entrails of sacrificial animals.
- Haruspication has died out more completely than almost any magical rite.
- The Babylonians claimed that haruspication was the invention of the gods, and that the passions were housed not in the heart, but the liver.
- The examination of the liver of a sacrificed sheep, haruspication, was learnt from the Mesopotamians.
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