Etymology
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recurve (v.)

also re-curve, "curve back, turn backward," 1620s, from re- "back" + curve (v.), or else from Latin recurvare. Related: Recurved; recurving; recurvation (1590s); recurvant; recurvature. The earlier verb was now-obsolete recurvate (1590s).

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Definitions of recurve

recurve (v.)
curve or bend (something) back or down;
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