retrorse

[ ri-trawrs, ree-trawrs ]
/ rɪˈtrɔrs, ˈri trɔrs /
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adjective

turned backward.

Nearby words

  1. retropubic space,
  2. retropulsion,
  3. retroreflective,
  4. retroreflector,
  5. retrorocket,
  6. retrorsely,
  7. retroserrate,
  8. retroserrulate,
  9. retrosexual,
  10. retrospect

Origin of retrorse

1815–25; < Latin retrōrsus, contracted form of retrōversus bent backward, equivalent to retrō- retro- + versus (past participle of vertere to turn); see retroversion

Related formsre·trorse·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for retrorse

retrorse

/ (rɪˈtrɔːs) /

adjective

(esp of plant parts) pointing backwards or in a direction opposite to normal
Derived Formsretrorsely, adverb

Word Origin for retrorse

C19: from Latin retrōrsus, shortened form of retrōversus turned back, from retro- + vertere to turn

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