Definition of ornithoscopy in US English:

ornithoscopy

noun

  • Observation of birds for the purpose of divination; augury.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas De Quincey (1785–1859), essayist. From Hellenistic Greek ὀρνιθοσκοπία divination from birds from ancient Greek ὀρνιθοσκόπος observing (and divining by) birds, auguring (from ὀρνιθο- + -σκόπος: see -scope) + -ία; compare -scopy. Compare French ornithoscopie.

Pronunciation

ornithoscopy

/ˌɔːnɪˈθɒskəpi/