meaning of boustrophedon

boustrophedon meaning in General Dictionary

an old mode of writing in alternative instructions one line from left to right as well as the next from straight to left as areas are plowed as in early Greek and Hittite

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  • an ancient writing system: having alternate outlines printed in other guidelines; actually `as the ox ploughs'
  • an old mode of writing, in alternative instructions, one-line from remaining to right, as well as the after that from right to left (as industries tend to be plowed), as in early Greek and Hittite.

boustrophedon meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1783, old type of writing with lines alternately written left-to-right and right-to-left, from Greek, actually "turning as an ox in plowing," from bous "ox" (see cow (letter.)) + strephein "to show" (see strophe).


boustrophedon meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) An old mode of writing, in alternate instructions, one-line from left to correct, and also the after that from right to left (as areas are plowed), as with early Greek and Hittite.