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retroflex (adj.)

"bent backward," 1776, in botany, from Modern Latin retroflexus, past participle of retroflectere "to bend back," from retro "back" (see retro-) + flectere "to bend" (see flexible). The verb "to turn or fold back" (1898) is a back-formation from retroflexed (1806), which is from the adjective. Related: Retroflexion.

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Definitions of retroflex from WordNet
1
retroflex (v.)
bend or turn backward;
Synonyms: replicate
retroflex (v.)
articulate (a consonant) with the tongue curled back against the palate;
Indian accents can be characterized by the fact that speakers retroflex their consonants
2
retroflex (adj.)
bent or curved backward;
Synonyms: retroflexed
retroflex (adj.)
pronounced with the tip of the tongue turned back toward the hard palate;
Synonyms: cacuminal
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