Definition of recurve in English:


Syllabification: re·curve
Pronunciation: /rēˈkərv


[no object] chiefly Biology
  • Bend backward: (as adjective recurved) large recurved tusks
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    • The petals may be overlapped, recurved, frilled, crinkled or ruffled.
    • All teeth as preserved are pointed (there are no evident bicuspid crowns), and slightly recurved posteriorly.
    • The flowers commonly have more or less recurved petals, and usually face outward or upward (as opposed to drooping).


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  • A bow that curves forward at the ends, which straighten out under tension when the bow is drawn.
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    • The recurve requires less than half the effort of the longbow to draw back the string.
    • Modern longbows and recurves advance efficient hunting distances another measure.
    • On the wall adjacent to the targets, hung unstrung bows of every kind - longbows, short bows, recurves and compounds, even a crossbow - and beside them hung quivers full of arrows.



Pronunciation: /-vəCHər/


late 16th century: from Latin recurvare 'bend (something) back', from re- 'back' + curvare 'to bend'.

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