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curvet

[n. kur-vit; v. ker-vet, kur-vit] /n. ˈkɜr vɪt; v. kərˈvɛt, ˈkɜr vɪt/
noun
1.
Dressage. a leap of a horse from a rearing position, in which it springs up with the hind legs outstretched as the forelegs descend.
verb (used without object), curvetted or curveted, curvetting or curveting.
2.
to leap in a curvet, as a horse; cause one's horse to do this.
3.
to leap and frisk.
verb (used with object), curvetted or curveted, curvetting or curveting.
4.
to cause to make a curvet.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; earlier curvetto < Italian corvetta < French courbette, equivalent to courb(er) to bend, curve (≪ Latin curvāre; cf. curve) + -ette - ette
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  • Next they began to neigh, to curvet, to scamper on all sides over the plain.
British Dictionary definitions for curvet

curvet

/kɜːˈvɛt/
noun
1.
(dressage) a low leap with all four feet off the ground
verb -vets, -vetting, -vetted, -vets, -veting, -veted
2.
(dressage) to make or cause to make such a leap
3.
(intransitive) to prance or frisk about
Word Origin
C16: from Old Italian corvetta, from Old French courbette, from courber to bend, from Latin curvāre
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