Definition of Boustrophedon

1. Noun. An ancient writing system: having alternate lines written in opposite directions; literally 'as the ox ploughs'.

Generic synonyms: Orthography, Writing System
Derivative terms: Boustrophedonic



Definition of Boustrophedon

1. n. An ancient mode of writing, in alternate directions, one line from left to right, and the next from right to left (as fields are plowed), as in early Greek and Hittite.

Definition of Boustrophedon

1. Adverb. of writing, in a fashion such that the reading direction changes from right-to-left to left-to-right every line. ¹

2. Adjective. written from right-to-left and left-to-right on alternate lines ¹

3. Adjective. (figuratively) changing direction, going back and forth ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Boustrophedon

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Boustrophedon

boursins
bourtree
bourtrees
bouse
boused
bouser
bousers
bouses
bousier
bousiest
bousing
bousouki
bousoukia
bousoukis
boussingaultite
boustrophedon (current term)
boustrophedonic
boustrophedons
boustrophic
bousy
bout
boutade
boutades
boutefeu
boutefeus
boutfit
boutique
boutiquelike
boutiques
boutiquey

Literary usage of Boustrophedon

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1. The Origin of the English, Germanic, and Scandinavian Languages, and Nations by Joseph Bosworth (1848)
"The following is a specimen of the most ancient boustrophedon writing: The ... Inscription, in boustrophedon, beginning on the Right* The first line is read ..."

2. Handbook of Archæology: Egyptian--Greek--Etruscan--Roman by Hodder Michael Westropp (1867)
"An inscription, therefore, written in boustrophedon, should be carefully examined to see if tho form of the letters and tho spelling of the words concur in ..."

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