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[ri-trawrs, ree-trawrs]
  1. turned backward.
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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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Historical Examples of retrorse

  • The dorsal fin has a large spine with retrorse serrations behind.

    A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)

    David Starr Jordan

British Dictionary definitions for retrorse


  1. (esp of plant parts) pointing backwards or in a direction opposite to normal
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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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