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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.
Origin of uraeus
1825-35; < New 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.
British Dictionary definitions for uraeus


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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