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Monday, 27 August 2018

Spot the Frippet: something cuneate/cuneal.

(You say this KYOOnee-ayt, or KYOOnee-l.)

This is something cuneate:

File:Cake cropped.png
photo by David.Monniaux

and so are these leaves:

File:The birds of America - from drawings made in the United States and their territories (1840) (14562271208).jpg
painting by Audubon, lithograph by John T Bowen

and so is this:

File:Rubber door stop in action.jpg
photo by Strait 

Do you know what it means, yet?

Yes, that's right: something cuneate or cuneal is something wedge-shaped:

Related image

like the tail of this wedge-tailed eagle 

or these:

or, as this is a language blog, the marks on this fabulous tile:

File:Tablet with Cuneiform Inscription LACMA M.79.106.2 (1 of 4).jpg
cuneiform writing, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Sadly, knowing my luck, I'm most likely to spot the door stop.

Spot the Frippet: something cuneate or cuneal. These words come from the Latin cuneus, which means wedge.

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