boustrophedon [boo-struh-feed-n, -fee-don, bou-] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. 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 Examples from the Web for boustrophedon Historical Examples of boustrophedon

  • 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.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6


  • British Dictionary definitions for boustrophedon boustrophedon adjective

    1. 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 Word Origin and History for boustrophedon n.

    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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