from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy, the triangular lobule on the median surface of the cerebrum, bounded by the parieto-occipital and calcarine fissures. See cerebrum.
- n. In entomology, a triangular part of the hemielytrum found in certain heteropterous insects, inserted like a wedge on the outer side between the corium and the membrane.
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- n. any shape that is triangular in cross section
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This first writing system, cuneiform -- from the Latin word cuneus, for wedge -- was invented by the region's first powerful culture, the non-Semitic Sumerians, during the fourth millennium BC.
The cuneus is a wedge-shaped area between the calcarine fissure and the medial part of the parietoöccipital fissure.
Their copies of the old text were reprinted in every land and by the middle of the nineteenth century, the cuneiform language (so called because the letters were wedge-shaped and "cuneus" is the Latin name for wedge) had given up its secrets.
Archaeologists call this first writing "cuneiform," from the Latin "cuneus," meaning wedge.
Maledicat illum cuneus martyrum et confessorum mirificus, qui Deo bonis operibus placitus inventus est. os
Thence the Latin _cuneus_, from _cune_ or _kyn_, the head.
There were also some further internal arrangements, for Augustus separated married from unmarried men, and assigned a separate cuneus to youths, near whom their tutors were stationed.
Appendix: a supplementary or additional piece or part, added to or attached to another: in Heteroptera; = cuneus, q.v. Appress - ed: to press against; closely applied to.
Embolium: Heteroptera; the narrow sclerite extending along the anterior margin of the hemelytra, from base to cuneus or membrane: the lobes on each side of the prothorax: the special enlargement at the base of the primaries which fits into a cavity in which the wing is moved.
As special centers of much importance may be noted: the emissive center for speech on the left inferior frontal and anterior central gyri (Broca); the auditory receptive center on the transverse and superior temporal gyri, and the visual receptive center on the lingual gyrus and cuneus.
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