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Bending or winding alternately from side to side; sinuous.

[From Latin flexuōsus, from flexus, a bending, a turning, from past participle of flectere, to bend.]

flex′u·os′i·ty (-ŏs′ĭ-tē) n.
flex′u·ous·ly adv.


(ˈflɛksjʊəs) or


1. full of bends or curves; winding
2. variable; unsteady
[C17: from Latin flexuōsus full of bends, tortuous, from flexus a bending; see flex]
ˈflexuously adv


(ˈflɛk ʃu əs)

full of bends or curves; sinuous; winding.
[1595–1605; < Latin flexuōsus=flexu(s) (see flex1) + -ōsus -ous]
flex`u•os′i•ty (-ˈɒs ɪ ti) n.
flex′u•ous•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.flexuous - having turns or windings; "the flexuous bed of the stream"
curved, curving - having or marked by a curve or smoothly rounded bend; "the curved tusks of a walrus"; "his curved lips suggested a smile but his eyes were hard"


1. Repeatedly curving in alternate directions:
2. Capable of being shaped, bent, or drawn out, as by hammering or pressure:
References in classic literature ?
Her flexuous and stealthy figure became an integral part of the scene.
Trichomes bright blue-green, Straight or slightly flexuous.
1 mm, linear, denticulate, slightly flexuous, adaxially with indument like the pinna rachises; laminar tissue between veins abaxially puberulent, eglandular, the hairs ca.
Other peculiar teratologies include flexuous stems, extremely short internodes, dichotomous branching of shoots, cones that continue vegetative growth, and cones borne on the lateral branches of species that normally only have a cone at the apex of the central stem (Page, 1968; Schaffner 1924, 1933; Tschudy, 1939; Westwood, 1989).
Before nearly twenty interested spectators Paris assesses the elfin-locked, flexuous, kitten-faced goddesses who seem to have strayed into the drawing from the pages of Andersen and Grimm rather than Ovid.
6 cm in diameter, straight to slightly flexuous, smooth, terete, densely white-lanate to glabrescent, greenish; primary bracts subspreading (basal ones) to distinctly reflexed (the upper ones), canaliculate, the basal ones subfoliaceous and resembling the upper scape bracts, 4 to 6 times longer than the fascicles, the upper ones reduced in size toward the inflorescence apex, slightly exceeding to 3 times longer than the fascicles, ovate-triangular, acuminate and ending in a long acicular, pungent spine, 2-4.
Lewis of Belfast in belling, baggy, blown trousers and flexuous flopping jacket, his chins working like