from The Century Dictionary.

  • In entomology, curved so as to pass beneath the body: especially noting parts of the upper surface when they curve downward and inward at the sides.


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  • For example, the spiny lobsters (langoustes) were formerly all grouped in the genus Palinurus; this is usually said to have come from the name of Aeneas's navigator, but it could equally well be descriptive, referring to the undercurved tails of the creatures.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XI No 1


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