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 & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • cuneus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • CUNEUS in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • cuneus in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (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