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

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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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