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[yoo-ree-uh s] /yʊˈri əs/
noun, plural uraeuses.
the sacred asp as represented upon the headdress of divinities and royal personages of ancient Egypt, usually directly over the forehead, as an emblem of supreme power.
1825-35; < Neo-Latin < Late Greek ouraîos, perhaps based ultimately on Egyptian yʿrt cobra, altered by association with Greek ouraîos of the tail; see uro-2 Unabridged
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  • Her image formed the royal crown, the uraeus, worn by the rulers of lower egypt.
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noun (pl) -uses
the sacred serpent represented on the headdresses of ancient Egyptian kings and gods
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek ouraios, from Egyptian uro asp
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