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

First recorded in 1825–35; de- + curved
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Examples from the Web for decurved

Historical Examples of decurved

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

    A Synopsis of the Birds of North America

    John James Audubon

  • Wings broad, convex, the inner secondaries elongated and decurved; tail short, rounded.

  • This species is a uniform ashy gray above and soiled white below; the bill is stout and decurved.

    The Bird Book

    Chester A. Reed

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

British Dictionary definitions for decurved


  1. bent or curved downwardsa decurved bill; decurved petals
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