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cuneate

[ kyoo-nee-it, -eyt ]
/ ˈkyu ni ɪt, -ˌeɪt /
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adjective
having or being in the shape of a wedge; wedge-shaped.
(of leaves) triangular at the base and tapering to a point.
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Also cu·ne·at·ed [kyoo-nee-ey-tid] /ˈkyu niˌeɪ tɪd/ .

Origin of cuneate

1800–10; <Latin cuneātus, equivalent to cuneā(re) to wedge, secure by wedging, become wedge-shaped + -tus past participle suffix; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM cuneate

cu·ne·ate·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for cuneate

cuneate
/ (ˈkjuːnɪɪt, -ˌeɪt) /

adjective
wedge-shaped: cuneate leaves are attached at the narrow end

Derived forms of cuneate

cuneately, adverb

Word Origin for cuneate

C19: from Latin cuneāre to make wedge-shaped, from cuneus a wedge
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Medical definitions for cuneate

cuneate
[ kyōōnē-ĭt, -āt′ ]

adj.
Wedge-shaped.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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