Definition of recurve in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈkəːv/


[no object] chiefly Biology
Bend backwards: (as adjective recurved) large recurved tusks
More 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).


A bow that curves forward at the ends, which straighten out under tension when the bow is drawn.
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'.

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