from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ancient method of writing in which the lines are inscribed alternately from right to left and from left to right.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. of writing, in a fashion such that the reading direction changes from right-to-left to left-to-right every line.
- adj. written from right-to-left and left-to-right on alternate lines
- adj. changing direction, going back and forth
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A method of writing shown in early Greek inscriptions, in which the lines run alternately from right to left and from left to right, as the furrows made in plowing a field, the plow passing alternately backward and forward.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ancient writing system: having alternate lines written in opposite directions; literally `as the ox ploughs'
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).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek βουστροφηδόν (boustrophēdon), from βοῦς (bous, "ox") + στροφή (strophē, "turning") + -δον (-don, "adverbial suffix"). (Wiktionary)