cuneiform

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cuneiform \Cu*ne"i*form\, Cuniform \Cu"ni*form\, noun

1. The wedge-shaped characters used in ancient Persian and Assyrian inscriptions. --I. Taylor (The Alphabet).

2. (Anat.) (a) One of the three tarsal bones supporting the first, second third metatarsals. They are usually designated as external, middle, and internal, or {ectocuniform}, {mesocuniform}, and {entocuniform}, respectively. (b) One of the carpal bones usually articulating with the ulna; -- called also {pyramidal} and {ulnare}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cuneiform \Cu*ne"i*form\ (k?-n?"?-f?rm), Cuniform \Cu"ni*form\ (k?"n?-f?rm), adjective [L. cuneus a wedge + -form: cf. F. cunei-forme. See {Coin}.]

1. Wedge-shaped; as, a cuneiform bone; -- especially applied to the wedge-shaped or arrowheaded characters of ancient Persian and Assyrian inscriptions. See {Arrowheaded}.

2. Pertaining to, or versed in, the ancient wedge-shaped characters, or the inscriptions in them. "A cuneiform scholar." --Rawlinson. Cuneiform

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

cuneiform

adjective

1: shaped like a wedge [syn: {wedge-shaped}, {cuneal}, {cuneiform}]

2: of or relating to the tarsal bones (or other wedge-shaped bones)

noun

1: an ancient wedge-shaped script used in Mesopotamia and Persia


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