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  1. curved upward, as the bill of a bird.
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Origin of recurved

First recorded in 1590–1600; see origin at recurve, -ed2


verb (used with or without object), re·curved, re·curv·ing.
  1. to curve or bend back or backward.
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Origin of recurve

1590–1600; < Latin recurvāre, equivalent to re- re- + curvāre to curve
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Examples from the Web for recurved

Historical Examples

  • Crook: the hook or recurved tip of the antenna in Hesperidae.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • Observe the slender, stiff beak, terminating in two recurved points.

    Seed Dispersal

    William J. Beal

  • The feelers are recurved at the tip, and thickened just before the extremity.

  • Lobes of the leaves acuminate, often recurved; fruit ripens early.

    Trees of Indiana

    Charles Clemon Deam

  • The sori have indusia, but this is hidden by the margin of the pinnules, which are recurved.

    How to Know the Ferns

    S. Leonard Bastin

British Dictionary definitions for recurved


  1. to curve or bend (something) back or down or (of something) to be so curved or bent
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin recurvāre from re- + curvāre to curve
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