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boustrophedon Line breaks: bous¦tro|phedon
Pronunciation: /ˌbaʊstrəˈfiːd(ə)n/

Definition of boustrophedon in English:

adjective& adverb

(Of written words) from right to left and from left to right in alternate lines.
Example sentences
  • 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 ploughing', from bous 'ox' + -strophos 'turning'.

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