retrorse

retrorse

[ri-trawrs, ree-trawrs]
adjective
turned backward.

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

retrorsely, adverb
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retrorse (rɪˈtrɔːs)
 
adj
(esp of plant parts) pointing backwards or in a direction opposite to normal
 
[C19: from Latin retrōrsus, shortened form of retrōversus turned back, from retro- + vertere to turn]
 
re'trorsely
 
adv

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