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 (bo͞o′strə-fēd′n, -fē′dŏn′)
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.


of or relating to lines written in opposite directions
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Adj.1.boustrophedonic - of or relating to writing alternate lines in opposite directions
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The finished sewing pattern makes a boustrophedonic line of thread on the back side.
Examples of such scanning strategies are those following the boustrophedonic order (a natural scanning strategy used by many algorithms on pictures and 2D arrays, such as shearsort [6], [3], [7]), spirals, and others.
Some are quite regular and geometric: In Three Combs (boustrophedonic), 2001, black, blue, and ocher lines work their way in straight interlocking lengths over a white field, forming a meshlike maze whose logic is nevertheless fully decipherable.