Definition of boustrophedon
: the writing of alternate lines in opposite directions (as from left to right and from right to left)
boustrophedonadjective or adverb
boustrophedonicplay \-fē-ˈdä-nik\ adjective
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Origin and Etymology 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
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