- designating the characters in ancient Akkadian, Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian inscriptions, or the inscriptions themselves
Origin of cuneiform; from Classical Latin cuneus (see cuneal) + -form
cuneiform characters or inscriptions
- a. Of or relating to any of various related writing systems of the ancient Near East having characters formed by the arrangement of small wedge-shaped elements and used to write Sumerian, Akkadian, Elamite, Hittite, Old Persian, and other languages.b. Relating to, composed in, or using such characters.
- Anatomy Of, relating to, or being a wedge-shaped bone or cartilage.
- Cuneiform writing.
- Anatomy A wedge-shaped bone, especially one of three such bones in the tarsus of the foot.
Origin of cuneiformLatin cuneus, wedge + –form.
Elamite cuneiform inscription
- An ancient Mesopotamian writing system, adapted within several language families, originating as pictograms in Sumer around the 30th century BC, evolving into more abstract and characteristic wedge shapes formed by a blunt reed stylus on clay tablets.
- (anatomy) A wedge-shaped bone, especially a cuneiform bone.