augury doggerel

Tuesday, March 30, 2004


I'm getting to this.
her-ni-a (h�r'nee uh) n. pl. <-ni-as, -ni-ae>(-nee ee )
1. the protrusion of an organ or tissue through an opening in its surrounding walls, esp. in the abdominal region.
[1350-1400; ME < L: a rupture; akin to hira gut; see HARUSPEX]
Derived words
--her'ni-al, adj.

OK, let's see this HARUSPEX:

ha-rus-pex (huh rus'peks, har'uh speks ) n. pl. (huh rus'puh seez)
1. one of a class of ancient Roman diviners who based their predictions on the interpretation of animal entrails, natural prodigies, and unusual meteorological phenomena.
[1575-85; < L, = haru-, akin to hira intestine, Gk chord� gut (see CHORD 1) + spec (ere) to look at + -s nom. sing. ending]
Derived words
--ha-rus'pi-cy, n.

Fine. I'll be back in a few days with my X-ray haru-spex.


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