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recurved

[ree-kurvd] /riˈkɜrvd/
adjective
1.
curved upward, as the bill of a bird.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; see recurve, -ed2

recurve

[ri-kurv] /rɪˈkɜrv/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), recurved, recurving.
1.
to curve or bend back or backward.
Origin
1590-1600; < Latin recurvāre, equivalent to re- re- + curvāre to curve
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  • The only thing that doesn't fit with my hypothesis is the recurved carnivore teeth that seem to be evident.
  • Stems consist of canes with broad-based, recurved thorns.
  • Plant: multi-stemmed shrub, sometimes climbing vine, with arching stems and recurved thorns.
  • Non venomous snakes have tiny, recurved teeth that are useful for holding and swallowing prey.
  • Showy, recurved plumes are present on the back during the breeding season.
  • The abundant stiff recurved leaves near the end of the branches give the plant a bushy appearance.
  • Sensitive plants include species of annual saltbush and recurved larkspur.
  • The seed is readily distributed by wildlife and visitors due to recurved barbs on the seed which attach to fur and clothing.
  • Attachment by means of a retractable proboscis that has sharp recurved hooks or spines.
  • The flowers have reddish- or brownish-green campanulate hypanthia and recurved sepals.
British Dictionary definitions for recurved

recurve

/rɪˈkɜːv/
verb
1.
to curve or bend (something) back or down or (of something) to be so curved or bent
Word Origin
C16: from Latin recurvāre from re- + curvāre to curve
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