re·​curve | \ ˈrē-ˌkərv How to pronounce recurve (audio) \

Definition of recurve

: an archery bow whose tips are curved toward the back

Examples of recurve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An appreciation for the graceful shape of a recurve or longbow is intuitive in people of all ages and instills the urge to brace an arrow and let one fly. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Ways to Get Kids Interested in Archery," 20 Nov. 2019 Most of the competitors use short, light bows with a draw weight of from 25-35 pounds that are similar to a recurve but are lacking a shelf or arrow rest. Ralph Winingham, San Antonio Express-News, "Ancient martial art combines horseback riding, archery skills," 24 May 2018 The devices are deadly effective and have a range far surpassing that of compound or recurve bows. Todd Masson,, "Parents unhappy with spread of toothpick crossbows: report," 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of recurve

1956, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2020

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“Recurve.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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