cuneus

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Latin

Noun[edit]

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.

Latin[edit]

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.

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

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References[edit]

  • cuneus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • cuneus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “cuneus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • cuneus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to draw up troops in a wedge-formation: cuneum facere (Liv. 22. 47)
  • cuneus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • cuneus in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly
  • cuneus in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin