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boustrophedon (n.)

ancient form of writing with lines alternately written left-to-right and right-to-left, 1783, Greek, literally "turning as an ox in plowing," from bous "ox" (from PIE root *gwou- "ox, bull, cow") + strephein "to turn" (from PIE root *streb(h)- "to wind, turn").

updated on July 20, 2017

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Definitions of boustrophedon from WordNet

boustrophedon (n.)
an ancient writing system: having alternate lines written in opposite directions; literally `as the ox ploughs';
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