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[flek-shoo-uh s]
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  1. full of bends or curves; sinuous.
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Origin of flexuous

1595–1605; < Latin flexuōsus full of turns, winding, crooked, equivalent to flexu(s) (see flex1) + -ōsus -ous
Related formsflex·u·ous·ly, adverbflex·u·ous·ness, nounsub·flex·u·ous, adjectivesub·flex·u·ous·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • Flexuose, or Flexuous, bending in opposite directions, in a zigzag way.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • The epitrochlea is prominent; the epicondyle is surmounted by a well-marked crest, curved and flexuous in outline.

  • A single, long, grasslike leaf precedes the flexuous stem, with its quaintly arched and delicately fringed blossoms.

  • Capillitium of slender, flexuous brown threads forming a dense network of rather small meshes.

  • Only Henchard did not conform to these flexuous changes; he remained stately and vertical, silently thinking.

British Dictionary definitions for flexuous


flexuose (ˈflɛksjʊˌəʊs)

  1. full of bends or curves; winding
  2. variable; unsteady
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Derived Formsflexuously, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin flexuōsus full of bends, tortuous, from flexus a bending; see flex
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