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boustrophedon

[ boo-struh-feed-n, -fee-don, bou- ]
/ ˌbu strəˈfid n, -ˈfi dɒn, ˌbaʊ- /
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noun

an ancient method of writing in which the lines run alternately from right to left and from left to right.

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Origin of boustrophedon

First recorded in 1775–85; from Greek boustrophēdón literally, “like an ox turning (in plowing),” equivalent to bou- (stem of boûs ) “bull, cow, ox” + -strophē- + -don adverb suffix; see origin at cow1, strophe

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boustrophedon
/ (ˌbuːstrəˈfiːdən, ˌbaʊ-) /

adjective

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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