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"From the earliest period it has been considered a bird of ill-omen, and Pliny tells us how, on one occasion, even Rome itself underwent a lustration, because one of them strayed into the Capitol." --Folk-lore of Shakespeare (1883) by T. F. Thiselton-Dyer

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An omen (also called portent or presage) is a phenomenon that is believed to foretell the future, often signifying the advent of change.

Interpretation of omens and prophetic signs is a form of divination.

Omens may be considered "good" or "bad", but the term is more often used in a foreboding sense, as with the word "ominous".

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