βουστροφηδόν

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From βοῦς (boûs, ox) + στροφή (strophḗ, turn) + -δόν (-dón, in the manner of).

Pronunciation[edit]

 
  • (5th BCE Attic) IPA(key): /boːs.tro.pʰɛː.dón/
  • (1st CE Egyptian) IPA(key): /bus.tro.pʰeˈdon/
  • (4th CE Koine) IPA(key): /βus.tro.ɸiˈðon/
  • (10th CE Byzantine) IPA(key): /vus.tro.fiˈðon/
  • (15th CE Constantinopolitan) IPA(key): /vus.tro.fiˈðon/
  • Adverb[edit]

    βουστροφηδόν (boustrophēdón)

    1. boustrophedon: a manner of writing which alternated between left to right and right to left directions (similar to the back and forth pattern of someone plowing a field with an ox); an intermediate between the inherited right to left direction used by Semitic languages and the left to right direction ultimately used in later Greek.

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