boustrophedon

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noun bou·stro·phe·don \ˌbü-strə-ˈfē-ˌdän, -dən\

Definition of boustrophedon

  1. :  the writing of alternate lines in opposite directions (as from left to right and from right to left)

boustrophedon

adjective or adverb

boustrophedonic

play \-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


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