A nice little oddity which I thought I'd ask about.
I stumbled across the delightful word 'Boustrophedon' in relation to the scanning actions of some printers (inkjet/dot matrix). I believe that this roughly derives from the notion of 'As the ox ploughs the field'.
I mentioned this to a colleague who had a farming background. He stated that in older times, this isn't actually how an ox would have ploughed the field, owing to the direction the plough would have turned the earth.
Apparently, the field would have been ploughed in spiral pattern to ensure that meeting edges of the plough lines would have their earth turned in the same direction, or 'like the spider builds its web'.
Which got me thinking. Is there a colourful noun of some sort that describes this sort of pattern/action?