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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).]


(uːˈrɒbəˌrɒs; ˌuːrəˈbɒrəs)
(Classical Myth & Legend) an ancient mythical serpent used to symbolize perpetuity
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For example, as expressed in Egypt around 2000 BCE, the ouroborus reflects the microcosmic physiology of perception of the macrocosmic mind (5).
A dead girl on the highway--a fusion of life and death like the image of the ouroborus.
It also enables the idea of evolution through time, expanding the image of the ouroborus, which represents infinity but suggests no possibility for change.
Six Degrees of Separation (Auckland: Ouroborus, 2001).
As Matt and Becky near the roots of the dying tree, Yggdrasil, they encounter danger from the underground Ouroborus monsters, as well as the quest members.
John Williams in introducing four writers in Ouroborus Rules at 7.