One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of a symbol (usually in mythology or religion): signifying only itself, as opposed to representing or standing for something else; existing to draw attention to its own existence; (also) of or relating to this kind of symbolism.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834), poet, critic, and philosopher. From tauto- + -egorical.
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