Meaning of uraeus in English:


Pronunciation /jʊˈriːəs/

nounplural noun uraei/jʊˈriːʌɪ/

  • A representation of a sacred serpent as an emblem of supreme power, worn on the headdresses of ancient Egyptian deities and sovereigns.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Given her identification with it, and her wearing of the uraeus as royal insignia, it is possible to imagine Cleopatra taking it into her last embrace.’


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