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or cu·ne·at·ed

[kyoo-nee-it, -eyt or kyoo-nee-ey-tid]
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  1. having or being in the shape of a wedge; wedge-shaped.
  2. (of leaves) triangular at the base and tapering to a point.
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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
Related formscu·ne·ate·ly, adverb
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Related Words for cuneate

trilateral, cuneate, deltoid, deltoidal, hastate, pyramidal, pyriform, trigonal

Examples from the Web for cuneate

Historical Examples of cuneate

  • In shape they are mostly of some form referable to the cuneate form.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

  • At the time of metamorphosis, young are dark brown with specks of black and with a dark, cuneate, leaflike middorsal mark.

  • Tail very short, rounded or cuneate, of fourteen or more feathers.

  • Divisions few, stalked, from cuneate to roundish-ovate, toothed or incised at the apex.

    The Fern Lover's Companion

    George Henry Tilton

  • The lesion is one of the left occipital cortex in the cuneate lobe and the neighbourhood of the calcarine fissure.

British Dictionary definitions for cuneate


  1. wedge-shaped: cuneate leaves are attached at the narrow end
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Derived Formscuneately, adverb

Word Origin for cuneate

C19: from Latin cuneāre to make wedge-shaped, from cuneus a wedge
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cuneate in Medicine


(kyōōnē-ĭt, -āt′)
  1. Wedge-shaped.
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