Definition of uraeus in English:

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Pronunciation: /jʊˈriːəs/

noun (plural uraei /jʊˈriːʌɪ/)

A representation of a sacred serpent as an emblem of supreme power, worn on the headdresses of ancient Egyptian deities and sovereigns.
Example sentences
  • On the forehead of the mask are a royal uraeus and a vulture's head, symbols of the two tutelary deities of Lower and Upper Egypt: Wadjet and Nekhbet.
  • Astarte recognized the uraeus, the vulture of Upper Egypt, and knowing the stranger at her door was Auset, bade the servant to make her welcome.
  • This was the species represented in the Egyptian symbol of royalty, the uraeus, and is the one still employed by snake charmers throughout North Africa.


Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek ouraios, representing the Egyptian word for 'cobra'.

Words that rhyme with uraeus

Aeneas, Apuleius, Judas Maccabaeus, Linnaeus, Piraeus

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