One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Bent back; = "recurved".
no object To turn back; = "recurve".
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Hill (b. c1528). From classical Latin recurvātus, past participle of recurvāre<br>late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin recurvāt-, past participial stem of recurvāre recurve. Compare earlier recurvate, and also recurve and recurvation.
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