[ dee-kurvd ]

  1. curved downward, as the bill of a bird.

Origin of decurved

First recorded in 1825–35; de- + curved

Words Nearby decurved Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use decurved in a sentence

  • A bird of slighter build, but similar coloration to the Knot; smaller (length eight inches) and with a slightly decurved bill.

    The Bird Book | Chester A. Reed
  • Bill slender and much decurved; tail usually pointed and stiffened.

  • Bill slender, decurved, brownish black above paler below; feet and legs brown; iris dark brown.

  • Body of the premaxilla pointed and slightly decurved; its length and breadth less than the basis cranii.

    Extinct Birds | Walter Rothschild
  • Bill short, stout, cerate; upper mandible with the tip elongated and decurved; lower mandible rounded and thin-edged at the end.

British Dictionary definitions for decurved


/ (diːˈkɜːvd) /

  1. bent or curved downwards: a decurved bill; decurved petals

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