[yoo-ree-uh s]

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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Historical Examples of uraeus

  • She was dressed in priestly robes and wore a costly head-dress with the winged disc and the Uraeus.

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

    Uarda, Complete

    Georg Ebers

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

    Zero Data

    Charles Saphro

  • Without doubt it was the uraeus, that symbol which only the royalties of Old Egypt dared to wear.

    The Yellow God

    H. Rider Haggard

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for uraeus


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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