Ou·​ro·​bo·​ros | \ ˌju̇r-ō-ˈbȯr-əs How to pronounce Ouroboros (audio) \
variants: or ouroboros or less commonly Uroboros or uroboros

Definition of Ouroboros

1 : a circular symbol that depicts a snake or dragon devouring its own tail and that is used especially to represent the eternal cycle of destruction and rebirth
2 usually ouroboros or less commonly uroboros : something (such as a never-ending cycle) that is likened to or suggestive of the Ouroboros symbol Trauma is a time traveller, an ouroboros that reaches back and devours everything that came before.— Junot Díaz But as Hollywood continues its transformation into a reboot ouroboros of unoriginal ideas, I have a tiny bit of fear that these projects will be disasters.— Miles Surrey

First Known Use of Ouroboros

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Ouroboros

borrowed from Late Greek ourobóros "devouring (its) tail" (modifying drákōn "dragon, snake") from Greek ourá "tail" + -o- + -boros, nominal derivative from the base of bibrṓskein "to eat, eat up, devour" — more at ass entry 2, voracious

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Cite this Entry

“Ouroboros.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ouroboros. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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