the figure of the sacred asp or cobra on the headdress of ancient Egyptian rulers
Origin of uraeusModern Latin ; from Late Greek ouraios, cobra ; from Egyptian yʿrt: form influenced, influence by Classical Greek ouraios, of the tail ; from oura, tail: see uro-
The figure of the sacred serpent, an emblem of sovereignty depicted on the headdress of ancient Egyptian rulers and deities.
Origin of uraeusNew Latin ūraeus, from Late Greek ouraios, cobra, perhaps alteration (influenced by Greek ouraios, of the tail) of Egyptian y‘rt.
mural painting of Thutmosis IV from the Tomb of Thutmosis IV in the Valley of the Kings
(plural uraei or uraeuses)