mostly in pl. σπλάγχνα
, the inward parts
, esp. the viscera thoracis
, i. e. heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, which in sacrifices were reserved to be eaten by the sacrificers, Hom.
, etc.:—hence the sacrificial feast
, Lat. visceratio
:—also as used in divination, Aesch.
2.any part of the inwards, the womb, Pind., Soph.: so in sg., Aesch.
metaph., like our heart, the seat of the feelings
, etc.:—so in sg., Soph.
; ἀνδρὸς σπλάγχνον ἐκμαθεῖν
to learn a man's inward nature