cuneus

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cuneus (plural cunei)

  1. (anatomy) A portion of the occipital lobe of the human brain, involved in visual processing.
  2. (architecture) One of a set of wedge-shaped divisions separated by stairways, found in the Ancient Roman theatre and in mediaeval architecture.

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *h₂ḱū (sting) (which also gave culex (mosquito)), extended from *h₂eḱ- (sharp) (compare catus (sharp), acutus (sharp), cos (whetstone), Ancient Greek κῶνος (kônos, cone))

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Noun[edit]

cuneus m (genitive cuneī); second declension

  1. wedge, wedge shape

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative cuneus cuneī
genitive cuneī cuneōrum
dative cuneō cuneīs
accusative cuneum cuneōs
ablative cuneō cuneīs
vocative cunee cuneī

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