from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The figure of the sacred serpent, an emblem of sovereignty depicted on the headdress of ancient Egyptian rulers and deities.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A representation of the sacred asp, symbolising supreme power in ancient Egypt.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A serpent, or serpent's head and neck, represented on the front of the headdresses of divinities and sovereigns as an emblem of supreme power.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The sacred serpent, either the head and neck, or sometimes the entire form, of a serpent, represented by the ancient Egyptians upon the head-dresses of divinities and royal personages, as an emblem of supreme power.
New Latin ūraeus, from Late Greek ouraios, cobra, perhaps alteration (influenced by Greek ouraios, of the tail) of Egyptian y'rt.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin uraeus, from Ancient Greek οὐραῖος (oúraĩos), from Egyptian (Wiktionary)