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[boo-struh-feed-n, -fee-don, bou-] /ˌbu strəˈfid n, -ˈfi dɒn, ˌbaʊ-/
an ancient method of writing in which the lines run alternately from right to left and from left to right.
Origin of boustrophedon
1775-85; < Greek boustrophēdón literally, like ox-turning (in plowing), equivalent to bou- (stem of boûs) ox + -strophē- (see strophe) + -don adv. suffix Unabridged
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/ˌbuːstrəˈfiːdən; ˌbaʊ-/
having alternate lines written from right to left and from left to right
Word Origin
C17: from Greek, literally: turning as in ploughing with oxen, from bous ox + -strophēdon from strephein to turn; see strophe
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Word Origin and History for boustrophedon

1783, ancient form of writing with lines alternately written left-to-right and right-to-left, from Greek, literally "turning as an ox in plowing," from bous "ox" (see cow (n.)) + strephein "to turn" (see strophe).

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