Definition of recurve in English:

recurve

intransitive verb

[no object]Biology
  • Bend backward.

    ‘the petals recurve, elevating the flower’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘In larger specimens they are slightly recurved toward the tip.’
    • ‘What she has in her mouth is a set of very long sharp recurved teeth.’

Pronunciation

recurve

/rəˈkərv/

noun

Archery
  • A bow that curves forward at the ends, which straighten out under tension when the bow is drawn.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After testing a few out, he picked a recurve and strung it.’
    longbow, crossbow, recurve

Pronunciation

recurve

/rəˈkərv/

Origin

Late 16th century from Latin recurvare ‘bend something back’, from re- ‘back’ + curvare ‘to bend’.