- 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.
- cuneiform characters or writing.
- a cuneiform bone.
Origin of cuneiform
Examples from the Web for cuneiform
About the universe which I inhabited I knew as little as I did about cuneiform writings.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
The d of Dagon would be represented by d in cuneiform writing.
Keilschriften, p. 129; and the same author's Cuneiform Inscrip.
This account of Berosus is now confirmed by the cuneiform records.
Truly these cuneiform characters were strange and difficult to decipher!Celebrated Travels and Travellers
- 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
- cuneiform characters or writing
- any one of the three tarsal bones
Word Origin and History for cuneiform
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.
- Of, relating to, or being a wedge-shaped bone or cartilage.
- A wedge-shaped bone, especially one of three such bones of the foot.