urae·​us | \ yu̇-ˈrē-əs How to pronounce uraeus (audio) \
plural uraei\ yu̇-​ˈrē-​ˌī How to pronounce uraeus (audio) \

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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Examples of uraeus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to a press release the front side of the relief depicts the head of a figure wearing a uraeus, or a cobra crown, a symbol of a pharaoh, though the lower half of the face is missing. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Rare Image of Early Female Pharaoh Found in University Collection," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of uraeus

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for uraeus

New Latin, from Late Greek ouraios, a kind of snake

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“Uraeus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uraeus. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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