verb[no object] chiefly Biology
- Bend backwards: (as adjective recurved) large recurved tusksMore example sentences
- 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).
nounArchery Back to top
- A bow that curves forward at the ends, which straighten out under tension when the bow is drawn.More example sentences
- 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.
late 16th century: from Latin recurvare 'bend something back', from re- 'back' + curvare 'to bend'.
More definitions of recurveDefinition of recurve in:
- The US English dictionary