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I.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, Ar.:—also as used in divination, Aesch., etc.
2.any part of the inwards, the womb, Pind., Soph.: so in sg., Aesch.
II.metaph., like our heart, the seat of the feelings and affections, id=Aesch., Eur., etc.:—so in sg., Soph., Eur.; ἀνδρὸς σπλάγχνον ἐκμαθεῖν to learn a man's inward nature, Eur.
deriv. uncertain

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