A circular symbol depicting a snake, or less commonly a dragon, swallowing its tail, as an emblem of wholeness or infinity.
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- While many bowls show little sign of outside influence, others display the well-known motifs of ‘international’ magic - common divine names, familiar voces magicae, and symbols such as the ouroboros or the characteres.
- The ouroboros eats its own tail to sustain its life, in an eternal cycle of renewal.
- While critical of the inappropriate use of classical ornament, it was characteristic of Soane to have revived the use of the ancient symbol of eternity, the ouroboros, or snake biting its tail.
1940s: from Greek (drakōn) ouroboros '(snake) devouring its tail'.
Definition of uroboros in:
- The British & World English dictionary