uraeus

[ yoo-ree-uhs ]
/ 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.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for uraeus

uraeus
/ (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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