cuneiform [kyoo- nee- uh-fawrm, kyoo-nee- uh-] adjective having the form of a wedge; wedge-shaped. composed of slim triangular or wedge-shaped elements, as the characters used in writing by the ancient Akkadians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, and others. written in cuneiform characters: cuneiform inscription. . Anatomy noting or pertaining to any of various wedge-shaped bones, as of the tarsus. noun cuneiform characters or writing. a cuneiform bone. Origin of cuneiform 1670–80;
) a wedge +
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symbology Examples from the Web for cuneiform Historical Examples of cuneiform British Dictionary definitions for cuneiform adjective Also: cuneal wedge-shaped of, relating to, or denoting the wedge-shaped characters employed in the writing of several ancient languages of Mesopotamia and Persia, esp Sumerian, Babylonian, etc of or relating to a tablet in which this script is employed of or relating to any of the three tarsal bones noun cuneiform characters or writing any one of the three tarsal bones Word Origin for cuneiform
C17: probably from Old French
cunéiforme, from Latin cuneus wedge
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Word Origin and History for cuneiform adj.
1670s, "wedge shaped," from French
cunéiforme (16c.), from Latin cuneus "a wedge, wedge-shaped thing," of unknown origin, + French -forme (see form (n.)). Applied to characters in ancient Middle Eastern inscriptions made with wedge-shaped writing tools; first used in this sense by German physician and traveller Engelbert Kämpfer (1681-1716); in English from 1818. As a noun from 1862.
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cuneiform [kyōō ′nē-ə-fôrm′, kyōō-nē ′-] adj. Wedge-shaped. Of, relating to, or being a wedge-shaped bone or cartilage. n. A wedge-shaped bone, especially one of three such bones of the foot.
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