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'
[or rather, down, up, down: the form of writing known as boustrophedon, that is, the way an ox turns in a furrow].
There's also the matter of the winding boustrophedon path of the pawns along the three rows of the board at least, according to Timothy Kendall's rules.
This winding path is yet again an otherworldly symbolism and is related to the reason why ancient inscriptions in Etruria and in the Aegean area were sometimes written in a boustrophedon or spiral pattern.
Whereas, false boustrophedon, alternate lines instead of having vertical orientation will curl around upside down, this also being called Schlangenschrift which means snake-writing.
It was written on ostrich skin in the boustrophedon style, in which one line was read from left to right and the next from right to left and so on.
Or consider the Etruscan habit of writing in "boustrophedon style."
Greek alphabet, written from right to left, or in boustrophedon.
The famous Sigean inscription is written in the most ancient of Greek letters, boustrophedon-wise; that is, the lines follow each other as oxen turn from one furrow to another in ploughing.
Explain to me the virtues of the vertical boustrophedon, 3or the treasures contained in the numeral ziruph, and in those of the numeral zephirod.
Boghaz-Keui, Mount Sipylus, the Pass of Karabel: all presented the same strange hieroglyphic characters, engraved in relief and in boustrophedon fashion.
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