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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She wore upon her brow the uraeus of Ancient Egyptian royalty; her sole garment was a robe of finest gauze.

  • "Take the uraeus crown from my head," he continued aloud, as he seated himself at the feast.

    Uarda, Complete Georg Ebers
  • The uraeus or snake worn in the crowns and head-dresses of the Pharaohs was a symbol of royalty.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
  • Without doubt it was the uraeus, that symbol which only the royalties of Old Egypt dared to wear.

    The Yellow God H. Rider Haggard
  • She was dressed in priestly robes and wore a costly head-dress with the winged disc and the uraeus.

  • The next morning, Amenhotep's uraeus was gone and the corpse of Jason's man was found—part of it.

    Zero Data Charles Saphro
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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