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  • adj. Having a curve or curves.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of curve.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. not straight; having or marked by curves. Opposite of straight.
  • adj. curved with the micropyle near the base almost touching its stalk; -- of a plant ovule. Opposite of orthotropous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having or marked by a curve or smoothly rounded bend


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