What do a Peruke, a Sporran and a Uraeus have in Common?

While dictionaries consist mostly of words, on occasion, you can find illustrations to accompany an entry. The folks at Merriam-Webster have created a list of their top ten definitions with illustrations. Here are my favorite:


Peruke: wig; specifically: one of a type popular from the 17th to the early 19th century. Peruke and the synonymous periwig both come from the Old Italian perrucca, meaning “head of hair” or “wig.” In the early 1600s, French King Louis XIII’s perukes helped make the wig a fashion statement…

Sporran: a pouch, usually of skin with the hair or fur on, that is worn in front of the kilt with Scots Highland dress. The traditional kilt is without a pocket, so a sporran does the job instead. The word comes from the Scottish Gaelic word for “purse” (sporan). There’s a sporran for every occasion…

 Uraeus: a representation of the sacred asp (Naja haje) appearing in ancient Egyptian art and especially on the headdress of rulers. The word uraeus comes from the Late Greek ouraios, a kind of snake. Egyptians believed the pharaoh’s uraeus could spit fire at his enemies…


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