Friday, January 21, 2011


Aus·pex [ˈɔːspɪˌsiːz] -- noun (plural aus·pi·ces)
  1. an augur of ancient Rome, that is "one who observes flights of birds for the purpose of taking omens". From Latin: observer of birds, from avis ("bird") and specere ("to look").


Damnans said...

The Latin verb is "spicere", not "specere".

extrala said...

Both the dictionary and Wiktionary refer to "specere" as the correct verb.


Damnans said...

I did some research and the form "specere" is archaic. "Spicere" is the classic one. So in the end they are both correct :)