uraeus


urae·us

noun \y-ˈrē-əs\
plural uraei \-ˈrē-ˌī\

Definition of URAEUS

:  a representation of the sacred asp (Naja haje) appearing in ancient Egyptian art and especially on the headdress of rulers and serving as a symbol of sovereignty

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Origin of URAEUS

New Latin, from Late Greek ouraios, a kind of snake
First Known Use: 1832

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