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An ancient method of writing in which the lines are inscribed alternately from right to left and from left to right.
[From Greek boustrophēdon, turning like an ox while plowing : bous, ox; see gwou- in Indo-European roots + strophē, a turning (from strephein, to turn; see streb(h)- in Indo-European roots).]
bou·stroph′e·don′ic (-strŏf′ĭ-dŏn′ĭk) adj.
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) having alternate lines written from right to left and from left to right
[C17: from Greek, literally: turning as in ploughing with oxen, from bous ox + -strophēdon from strephein to turn; see strophe]
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bou•stro•phe•don(ˌbu strəˈfid n, -ˈfi dɒn, ˌbaʊ-)
a method of writing in which the lines run alternately from right to left and from left to right.
[1775–85; < Greek boustrophēdón literally, like ox-turning (in plowing) =boûs ox + -strophē (see strophe)]
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|Noun||1.||boustrophedon - an ancient writing system: having alternate lines written in opposite directions; literally `as the ox ploughs'|
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