boustrophedon


bou·stro·phe·don

noun \ˌbü-strə-ˈfē-ˌdän, -dən\

Definition of BOUSTROPHEDON

:  the writing of alternate lines in opposite directions (as from left to right and from right to left)
boustrophedon adjective or adverb
bou·stro·phe·don·ic \-fē-ˈdä-nik\ adjective

Origin of BOUSTROPHEDON

Greek boustrophēdon, adverb, literally, turning like oxen in plowing, from bous ox, cow + strephein to turn — more at cow
First Known Use: 1699

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

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