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ou·ro·bo·ros

(yo͝or′ə-bôr′əs)

n.

A symbol in the form of a snake biting its own tail, used especially in ancient Egypt and in Hermetic philosophy as an emblem of eternity.


[Greek (drakōn) ouroboros, (serpent) eating its tail : ourā, tail; see ors- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + -boros, eating (from bibrōskein, to eat, eat up).]

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ouroboros

(uːˈrɒbəˌrɒs; ˌuːrəˈbɒrəs)

n

(Classical Myth & Legend) an ancient mythical serpent used to symbolize perpetuity

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