augur

augur n

Word play: pun on “auger” the tool and “augur” the omen.

  1. [ED's var. spelling of “auger”; OE nafu, nave of a wheel + gar, piercer, borer, spear.] Carpentry tool; drill bit; long metal shank; [fig.] beak; hard bird mouth.
  2. [L. av-is, bird + -gar, talk; or L. aug─ôre, increase, promote.] Prophet; diviner; soothsayer; Roman religious official who carried a staff; one who predicts future events in accordance with omens from the behavior of birds.