from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Wedge-shaped. Used especially to describe a leaf or petal base that is narrowly triangular.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Wedge-shaped; truncate at one end and tepering to a point at the other: properly applied only to flat bodies, surfaces, or marks: as, a cuneate leaf.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Bot.) Wedge-shaped.

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  • adjective biology wedge-shaped.
  • adjective botany wedge-shaped, with the narrow part at the base.
  • adjective botany having straight, or almost straight sides meeting at the apex or base.

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  • adjective (of a leaf shape) narrowly triangular, wider at the apex and tapering toward the base


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin cuneātus, past participle of cuneāre, to make wedge-shaped, from cuneus, wedge.]


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  • That on the fasciculus gracilis is named the clava, and is produced by a subjacent nucleus of gray matter, the nucleus gracilis; that on the fasciculus cuneatus is termed the cuneate tubercle, and is likewise caused by a gray nucleus, named the nucleus cuneatus.

    IX. Neurology. 4a. The Hind-brain or Rhombencephalon

  • Dodonaea microzyga, F.M. Somewhat viscid, almost glabrous; leaves with 1 to 2 pairs of small obovate-cuneate leaflets; in front rounded, or truncate, or retuse, or sometimes 3-toothed, flat at the margin; rachis dilated; fruit-bearing pedicels solitary; capsules 3 to 4-celled; valves cymbeo-semiorbicular, all around broadly winged; the wing rounded-blunt on both extremities; dissepiments persistent with the columella.

    The Journals of John McDouall Stuart

  • Although they do that indirectly, all nociceptors synapse first in the dorsal horn and then the second order neurons cross and go to the thalamus different from low threshold mechano-sensitive neurons which go on up to the gracile or cuneate nuclei, but still not directly to the thalamus.

    Fetal Pain Researchers Failed to Disclose Abortion Affiliations

  • LEAVES: Alternate with short petiole hardly 3 mm long, usually elliptic with a rounded tip, base cuneate or slightly cordate, blade leathery, light green above, silvery grey and softly hairy underneath.

    Chapter 7

  • The _first glume_ in the awnless spikelets is coriaceous, oblong, cuneate, very sparsely hairy or glabrous, shorter than the second glume, 7-nerved, 5-toothed at the apex, two teeth being broader and shorter and three sharper and longer.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

  • The _fifth_, _sixth_ and _seventh glumes_ are obovate-cuneate, 7 - to 9-nerved, paleate, flower-bearing and 3-lobed, the side lobes are acuminate and the central lobe is bifid and dorsally awned; palea is ovate-acute, 2-nerved and ciliolate.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

  • The _third glume_ is oblong-obovate, hyaline, thin, paleate with three yellow _anthers_ and two oblong-cuneate _lodicules_; _palea_ is narrow, oblong, obtuse.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

  • The _spikelets_ are large about 1/4 inch long cuneate and bifarious.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

  • The fifth, sixth and the seventh are cuneate, obovate and

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

  • The _first glume_ is shorter than the second glume, narrow, oblong, cuneate, 3-toothed with marginal hairs and tufts of hairs at about the middle at the back, 7-nerved all nerves running straight.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses


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  • In botany, a leaf or petal base that is wedge-shaped, tapering to a narrow base.

    June 12, 2007