bent or turned backward or downward

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  • Retrorse — Re*trorse , a. [L. retrorsus, retroversus; retro back + vertere, versum, to turn. Cf. {Retrovert}.] Bent backward or downward. {Re*trorse ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • retrorse — [ri trôrs′] adj. [L retrorsus, contr. of retroversus, bent backward < retro, back + versus, pp. of vertere, to turn: see VERSE] Biol. bent or turned backward or downward retrorsely adv …   English World dictionary

  • retrorse — adjective Etymology: Latin retrorsus, contraction of retroversus Date: circa 1825 bent backward or downward …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • retrorse — adj. [L. retrorsus, turned or bent backwards] Turned, bent, or directed backward; backward projecting; see antrorse, detrorse …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • retrorse — retrorsely, adv. /ri trawrs , ree trawrs/, adj. turned backward. [1815 25; < L retrorsus, contracted form of retroversus bent backward, equiv. to retro RETRO + versus (ptp. of vertere to turn); see RETROVERSION] * * * …   Universalium

  • retrorse — [rɪ trɔ:s] adjective Biology turned or pointing backwards. Origin C19: from L. retrorsus, contr. of retroversus, from retro backwards + vers , vertere turn …   English new terms dictionary

  • retrorse — re·trorse …   English syllables

  • retrorse — re•trorse [[t]ˈri trɔrs[/t]] adj. turned backward • Etymology: 1815–25; < L retrōrsus, contracted form of retrōversus bent backward …   From formal English to slang

  • retrorse — /rəˈtrɔs/ (say ruh traws) adjective turned backwards. {Latin retrōrsus, contraction of retrōversus bent or turned backwards} –retrorsely, adverb …  

  • retrorse —   a. turned back or down …   Dictionary of difficult words

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