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Meaning of cuneiform

cu•ne•i•form

Pronunciation: (ky-nē'u-fôrm", ky'nē-u-), [key]
— adj.
  1. having the form of a wedge; wedge-shaped.
  2. composed of slim triangular or wedge-shaped elements, as the characters used in writing by the ancient Akkadians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, and others.
  3. written in cuneiform characters: cuneiform inscription.
  4. noting or pertaining to any of various wedge-shaped bones, as of the tarsus.
—n.
  1. cuneiform characters or writing.
  2. a cuneiform bone.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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