auspex

aus•pex
[[t]ˈɔ spɛks[/t]] n. pl. aus•pi•ces [[t]ˈɔ spəˌsiz[/t]]
anh an augur of ancient Rome
Etymology: 1590–1600; < L: one who observes birds, augur =au-, base of avis bird +spec(ere) to look at +-s nom. sing. suffix

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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