[kyoo-nee-it, -eyt or kyoo-nee-ey-tid]
- having or being in the shape of a wedge; wedge-shaped.
- (of leaves) triangular at the base and tapering to a point.
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
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Examples from the Web for 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.Field Study of Kansas Ant-Eating Frog
Henry S. Fitch
Tail very short, rounded or cuneate, of fourteen or more feathers.A Synopsis of the Birds of North America
John James Audubon
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.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900
George Henry Makins
- wedge-shaped: cuneate leaves are attached at the narrow end
C19: from Latin cuneāre to make wedge-shaped, from cuneus a wedge
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