curvet


curvet
n. /kerr"vit/; v. /keuhr vet", kerr"vit/, n., v., curvetted or curveted, curvetting or curveting.
n.
1. Dressage. a leap of a horse from a rearing position, in which it springs up with the hind legs outstretched as the forelegs descend.
v.i.
2. to leap in a curvet, as a horse; cause one's horse to do this.
3. to leap and frisk.
v.t.
4. to cause to make a curvet.
[1565-75; earlier curvetto < It corvetta < F courbette, equiv. to courb(er) to bend, curve ( L curvare; cf. CURVE) + -ette - ETTE]

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Universalium. 2010.

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