[boo-struh-feed-n, -fee-don, bou-]
- 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
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It is written in the most ancient Greek characters, and in the Boustrophedon manner.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
The words of the text are ranged in squares in such a manner as to be read either vertically or boustrophedon.
- having alternate lines written from right to left and from left to right
Word Origin for boustrophedon
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
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