cuneiform

1 of 2

adjective

cu·​ne·​i·​form kyü-ˈnē-ə-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce cuneiform (audio) ˈkyü-n(ē-)ə- How to pronounce cuneiform (audio)
1
: having the shape of a wedge
2
: composed of or written in wedge-shaped characters
cuneiform syllabary

cuneiform

2 of 2

noun

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

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Examples of cuneiform in a Sentence

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Noun
Indeed, Abu Athar was known to possess cuneiform tablets last seen in museums in Iraq. Aisha Ahmad, Foreign Affairs, 5 Oct. 2017 To this day, my notes look like something between cuneiform and the lines from furniture on wooden floors after decades of wear and tear. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2024 The bull’s return to Iraq follows a high-profile restitution to the country in June, when Italy handed a tablet engraved with cuneiform text and the insignia of the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III, Ashurnasirpal II’s successor, to Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid during a state visit to Italy. James Imam, CNN, 13 Feb. 2024 The next-earliest description of a candidate aurora is found on Assyrian cuneiform tablets dated between 679-655 BCE, three centuries later. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 1 Jan. 2023 See all Example Sentences for cuneiform 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Adjective

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

cuneiform

1 of 2 adjective
cu·​ne·​i·​form kyu̇-ˈnē-ə-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce cuneiform (audio) ˈkyü-n(ē-)ə- How to pronounce cuneiform (audio)
1
: having the shape of a wedge
2
: made up of or written with marks or letters shaped like wedges

cuneiform

2 of 2 noun
: cuneiform writing

Medical Definition

cuneiform

1 of 2 adjective
cu·​ne·​i·​form kyu̇-ˈnē-ə-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce cuneiform (audio) ˈkyü-n(ē-)ə- How to pronounce cuneiform (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or being a cuneiform bone or cartilage
2
of a human skull : wedge-shaped as viewed from above

cuneiform

2 of 2 noun
: a cuneiform bone or cartilage

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