Origin of boustrophedonClassical Greek boustroph?don, literally , turning like oxen in plowing from bous, ox (see cow) + strephein, to turn (see strophe)
Origin of boustrophedonFrom 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.)
- of writing, in a fashion such that the reading direction changes from right-to-left to left-to-right every line.
- written from right-to-left and left-to-right on alternate lines
- (figuratively) changing direction, going back and forth
From Ancient Greek βουστροφηδόν (boustrophēdon), from βοῦς (bous, “ox”) + στροφή (strophē, “turning”) + -δον (-don, “adverbial suffix”).