Definition of flexuous
1 : having curves, turns, or windings
2 : lithe or fluid in action or movement
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Did You Know?
English author Thomas Hardy was fond of the word flexuous and described his dark-haired Tess as "the most flexuous and finely-drawn figure." "Flexuous" may be a synonym of "curvy," but it's not the word most likely to be chosen these days to describe a shapely woman. The botanists' use of "flexuous" to describe plant stems that aren't rigid is a more typical use today. But don't let that tendency deflect you from occasionally employing this ultimately quite flexible word. Stemming straight from Latin flectere, meaning "to bend," it can also mean "undulating" or "fluid." It might, for example, be used of writing or music, or of something or someone that moves with a fluid sort of grace.
Origin and Etymology of flexuous
Latin flexuosus, from flexus bend, from flectere
First Known Use: 1605
Medical Definition of flexuous
: lacking rigidity in structure or action flexuous filamentous virus particles—M. Hema et al
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