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noun (urae, i)
  1. a representation of the sacred asp, symbolising supreme power in ancient Egypt
  • 1914: In front is an inlaid cobra, the Royal urí¦us, and around the band are attached 15 rosettes, each composed of four flowers and four leaves of openwork inlaid. " The Times, 20 May 1914, p.7 col. A
  • 1983: even a fair amount of the gold His caravans returned from the Granite Mountains near the Red Sea, were now being fashioned by royal artisans into amulets, breast pieces, gold collars, bracelets, scarabs, uraei, even gold and silver shabti " Norman Mailer, Ancient Evenings
  • Etymology: Latin uraeusLatin, uraeus, from Greek , representing an Egyptian word for "snake".

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