[ yoo-ree-uh s ]
/ yʊˈri əs /

noun, plural u·rae·us·es.

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
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/ (jʊˈriːəs) /

noun plural -uses

the sacred serpent represented on the headdresses of ancient Egyptian kings and gods

Word Origin for uraeus

C19: from New Latin, from Greek ouraios, from Egyptian uro asp
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