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ancient writing system composed of wedge shaped characters

\cu*ne"i*form\ (k?-n?"?-f?rm), cuniform \cu"ni*form\ (k?"n?-f?rm), ] a. [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. [
\cu*ne"i*form\, cuniform \cu"ni*form\ ], n. 1. the wedge-shaped characters used in ancient persian and assyrian inscriptions. 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.
adj : (anatomy) of or relating to the tarsal bones n : an ancient wedge-shaped script used in mesopotamia and persia

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 cuneiform bone 

Cuneiform (from the Latin word for "wedge-shaped") can refer to:
  • Cuneiform script, an ancient writing system originating in Mesopotamia in the 4th millennium BC
  • Cuneiform (anatomy), three bones in the human foot
  • Cuneiform cartilages
  • Cuneiform Records, a music record label
  • CuneiForm (software), an optical character recognition tool
  • Cuneiform (Unicode block)

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Cuneiform script is one of the earliest systems of writing, distinguished by its wedge-shaped marks on clay tablets, made by means of a blunt reed for a stylus. The name cuneiform itself simply means "wedge shaped", from the Latin cuneus "wedge" and forma "shape," and came into English usage probably from Old French cunéiforme.

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1. an ancient wedge-shaped script used in Mesopotamia and Persia
(hypernym) script
(hyponym) Babylonian
1. shaped like a wedge
(synonym) wedge-shaped, cuneal
2. of or relating to the tarsal bones (or other wedge-shaped bones)
(pertainym) tarsal, tarsal bone
(classification) anatomy, general anatomy

Alt. of Cuniform
Alt. of Cuniform

shivek-shidik (adj.); shivek-kitaun (writing)

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