Definition of boustrophedon in English:


Line breaks: bous¦tro|phedon
Pronunciation: /ˌbaʊstrəˈfiːd(ə)n
, ˌbuː-/

adjective & adverb

  • (Of written words) from right to left and from left to right in alternate lines.
    More 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'.

More definitions of boustrophedon

Definition of boustrophedon in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
a small amount; a little