- bent or turned backward
- Phonet. articulated with the tip of the tongue raised and bent slightly backward toward the hard palate
Origin of retroflexClassical Latin retroflexus, past participle of retroflectere: see retro- and amp; flex
- Bent, curved, or turned backward.
- Pronounced with the tip of the tongue turned back against the roof of the mouth.
Origin of retroflexLatin *retr&omacron;flexus, past participle of retr&omacron;flectere, to bend back : retr&omacron;, retro- + flectere, to bend.
- ret′ro·flex′ion, ret′ro·flec′tion
(comparative more retroflex, superlative most retroflex)
- (linguistics) a retroflex consonant
From Latin rÄ“trÅflexus, the perfect participle of rÄ“trÅflectÅ (“bend, turn"), from flectÅ (“bend, turn").