[ 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.
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Example sentences from the Web for boustrophedon
The words of the text are ranged in squares in such a manner as to be read either vertically or boustrophedon.
It is written in the most ancient Greek characters, and in the Boustrophedon manner.Museum of Antiquity|L. W. Yaggy
British Dictionary definitions for boustrophedon
/ (ˌbuːstrəˈfiːdən, ˌbaʊ-) /
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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