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The ouroboros or uroboros (/ˌjʊərəˈbɒrəs/;[2] /ˌʊərəˈbɒrəs/[3]) is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon[4] eating its own tail. The ouroboros entered Western tradition via ancient Egyptian iconography and the Greek magical tradition. It was adopted as a symbol in Gnosticism and Hermeticism and most notably in alchemy. Some snakes, such as rat snakes, have been known to consume themselves.[5]

An ouroboros in a 1478 drawing in an alchemical tract[1]

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