Definition of boustrophedon in English:


Syllabification: bou·stro·phe·don
Pronunciation: /ˌbo͞ostrəˈfēdn

adjective & adverb

  • (Of written words) from right to left and from left to right in alternate lines.
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    • In the same excavations on Temple Hill, Robinson found a second example of a similar Archaic sacrificial calendar incised, boustrophedon, in the epichoric Corinthian alphabet, this time on a fragmentary lead tablet.
    • The first is the back-and-forth meandering pattern known as boustrophedon.
    • Etruscan was sometimes written in boustrophedon fashion and sometimes from right to left in horizontal lines.


early 17th century: from Greek, literally 'as an ox turns in plowing', from bous 'ox' + -strophos 'turning'.

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