cuneiform

adjective
cu·​ne·​i·​form | \ kyü-ˈnē-ə-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce cuneiform (audio) , ˈkyü-n(ē-)ə- How to pronounce cuneiform (audio) \

Definition of cuneiform

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having the shape of a wedge
2 : composed of or written in wedge-shaped characters cuneiform syllabary

cuneiform

noun

Definition of cuneiform (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a cuneiform part specifically : a cuneiform bone or cartilage
2 : cuneiform writing

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Noun

cuneiform 2

In the meaning defined above

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Examples of cuneiform in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But thanks to an unassuming cuneiform tablet translated by British Museum curator Irving Finkel during the 1980s, experts have a detailed set of instructions for the Royal Game of Ur, or Twenty Squares. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Best Board Games of the Ancient World," 6 Feb. 2020 Arbøll previously completed a separate analysis of cuneiform tablets cataloging the medical training of a man named Kisir-Ashur. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Demon, Immortalized in 2,700-Year-Old Assyrian Tablet, Was Thought to Cause Epilepsy," 3 Jan. 2020 University of Copenhagen Assyriologist Troels Pank Arbøll discovered the rare illustration while studying the cuneiform text five years ago. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Demon, Immortalized in 2,700-Year-Old Assyrian Tablet, Was Thought to Cause Epilepsy," 3 Jan. 2020 These soldiers’ symptoms were recorded not on paper charts, but on cuneiform tablets inscribed in Mesopotamia more than 3,000 years ago. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How PTSD went from ‘shell-shock’ to a recognized medical diagnosis," 16 June 2020 According to Monday's civil complaint, hundreds of thousands of objects are estimated to have been looted from archaeological sites in Iraq since the 1990s, including cuneiform tablets. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "US wants to send ancient artifact Hobby Lobby bought for $1.6 million back to Iraq," 20 May 2020 Court documents filed Monday assert that the cuneiform tablet — one of 12 inscribed with the Gilgamesh tale — was discovered in 1853 in Assyrian ruins in northern Iraq. NBC News, "Authorities announce forfeiture of ancient Gilgamesh tablet from Hobby Lobby's Museum of the Bible," 18 May 2020 In five years, Green acquired more than 40,000 artifacts, from cuneiform tablets and Dead Sea Scrolls to Jewish Torahs and early-American Bibles. Ariel Sabar, The Atlantic, "A Mystery at Oxford," 13 May 2020 Scholars cannot afford to ignore these outliers, because the symbols that constitute cuneiform, up to a thousand of them, changed over the millennium that produced Sin-leqi-unninni’s materials. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "How to Read “Gilgamesh”," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of cuneiform

Adjective

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cuneiform

Adjective

probably from French cunéiforme, from Middle French, from Latin cuneus + Middle French -iforme -iform

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The first known use of cuneiform was in 1677

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“Cuneiform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cuneiform. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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cuneiform

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of cuneiform

: relating to or written in a system of writing used in parts of the ancient Middle East

cuneiform

adjective
cu·​ne·​i·​form | \ kyu̇-ˈnē-ə-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce cuneiform (audio) \

Kids Definition of cuneiform

: made up of or written with marks or letters shaped like wedges

Other Words from cuneiform

cuneiform noun

cuneiform

adjective
cu·​ne·​i·​form | \ kyu̇-ˈnē-ə-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce cuneiform (audio) , ˈkyü-n(ē-)ə- How to pronounce cuneiform (audio) \

Medical Definition of cuneiform

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being a cuneiform bone or cartilage
2 of a human skull : wedge-shaped as viewed from above

cuneiform

noun

Medical Definition of cuneiform (Entry 2 of 2)

: a cuneiform bone or cartilage

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