• WordNet 3.6
    • v recurve curve or bend (something) back or down
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Recurve To curve in an opposite or unusual direction; to bend back or down.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • recurve To curve back; turn backward. Also recurvate.
    • recurve To be recurved.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Recurve rē-kurv′ to curve or bend back—also Recur′vate
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In literature:

A small, large-necked vase, with globular body, and lip a little recurved.
"Illustrated Catalogue of a Portion of the Collections Made" by William H. Holmes
The female is smaller, the black marks smaller and of less extent; small, straight, slightly recurved horns; nose straighter.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
Crook: the hook or recurved tip of the antenna in Hesperidae.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Leaves are long, narrow rigid, involute, spreading and recurved and thickly coriaceous.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
Finally they came to the foothills, and then the road curved and recurved as it wound among them.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Here also are the calyx-lobes, widely spreading and even recurved.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
When ripe, the fruit is hard, carrying two stout beaks with recurved tips.
"Seed Dispersal" by William J. Beal
The stem is solid, or stuffed, firm, subbulbous, whitish, with minute white recurved flecks.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
On the other hand, short or recurved stamens are always associated with complete or nearly complete self-sterility.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
Prickles of the fruit mostly recurved or spreading.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar

In news:

Greyabbey archer Sharon Vennard bowed out of the women's individual recurve at the quarter-final stage yesterday losing in straight sets, 6-0, to Yan Huilian from China at the Royal Artillery Barracks.
Recurve Crossbows Recurve crossbows rely on a simple yet effective recurve bow mounted on a stock and offer a number of advantages.
Hunters usually choose between two types of bows: recurve and compound.
Recurve bows can be made of wood, laminate, fiberglass or other composite materials.
I've been shooting recurves and long bows since I was a kid, and have always loved the romance of the simple bows.
In recent years I've gotten more serious, shooting thousands of practice arrows with the goal of hunting deer with a recurve .
It's 14 feet 10 inches long, with a classic recurved bow and stern.
It’s 14 feet 10 inches long, with a classic recurved bow and stern.
Keith Nelson of Winona, Minn. Had long given up hunting until his wife, Deanne, presented him with a new recurve bow for their 25th wedding anniversary.
Had Jim Casto taken his North Dakota record with a recurve, it would've also been No.
The Ye Olde Fartes Traditional Archery and Sore Losers Team is an informal group of archers who use only old-style longbows and recurve bows.