or cu·ne·at·ed

[ kyoo-nee-it, -eyt or kyoo-nee-ey-tid ]
/ ˈkyu ni ɪt, -ˌeɪt or ˈkyu niˌeɪ tɪd /


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

Related forms

cu·ne·ate·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cuneate


/ (ˈkjuːnɪɪt, -ˌeɪt) /


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

Derived Forms

cuneately, adverb

Word Origin for cuneate

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


[ kyōōnē-ĭt, -āt′ ]


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