One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Bend backwards.‘the petals recurve, elevating the flower’
- ‘In larger specimens they are slightly recurved toward the tip.’
- ‘The petals may be overlapped, recurved, frilled, crinkled or ruffled.’
- ‘All teeth as preserved are pointed (there are no evident bicuspid crowns), and slightly recurved posteriorly.’
- ‘The flowers commonly have more or less recurved petals, and usually face outward or upward (as opposed to drooping).’
- ‘What she has in her mouth is a set of very long sharp recurved teeth.’
A bow that curves forward at the ends, which straighten out under tension when the bow is drawn.
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- ‘After testing a few out, he picked a recurve and strung it.’
- ‘People were building recurves of different lengths, and when someone would break a bowstring, he often wouldn't be able to find one to fit.’
- ‘On the wall adjacent to the targets, hung unstrung bows of every kind - longbows, short bows, recurves and compounds, even a crossbow - and beside them hung quivers full of arrows.’
- ‘The recurve requires less than half the effort of the longbow to draw back the string.’
- ‘Modern longbows and recurves advance efficient hunting distances another measure.’
Late 16th century: from Latin recurvare ‘bend something back’, from re- ‘back’ + curvare ‘to bend’.
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