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boustrophedon

[boo-struh-feed-n, -fee-don, bou-] /ˌbu strəˈfid n, -ˈfi dɒn, ˌbaʊ-/
noun
1.
an ancient method of writing in which the lines run alternately from right to left and from left to right.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < Greek boustrophēdón literally, like ox-turning (in plowing), equivalent to bou- (stem of boûs) ox + -strophē- (see strophe) + -don adv. suffix
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boustrophedon

/ˌbuːstrəˈfiːdən; ˌbaʊ-/
adjective
1.
having alternate lines written from right to left and from left to right
Word Origin
C17: from Greek, literally: turning as in ploughing with oxen, from bous ox + -strophēdon from strephein to turn; see strophe
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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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Encyclopedia Article for boustrophedon

the writing of alternate lines in opposite directions, one line from left to right and the next from right to left. Some Etruscan texts are written in boustrophedon style, as are some Greek ones of about the 6th century BC. The word is from the Greek boustrophedon, meaning literally "to turn like oxen" (in plowing).

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