ouroboros

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English[edit]

Drawing by Theodoros Pelecanos, in the alchemical tract Synosius (1478).

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek οὐροβόρος (ourobóros, tail-eating).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: ôr-rŏb'-ôr-rŭs

Noun[edit]

ouroboros (plural ouroboroi or ouroboroses)

  1. A serpent, dragon or worm who eats its own tail, a representation of the continuous cycle of life and death.
  2. A picture or symbol representing this.

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