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Wedge-shaped. Used especially to describe a leaf or petal base that is narrowly triangular.
[Latin cuneātus, past participle of cuneāre, to make wedge-shaped, from cuneus, wedge.]
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cuneate(ˈkjuːnɪɪt; -ˌeɪt) or
(Botany) wedge-shaped: cuneate leaves are attached at the narrow end
[C19: from Latin cuneāre to make wedge-shaped, from cuneus a wedge]
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cu•ne•ate(ˈkyu ni ɪt, -ˌeɪt)
2. (of leaves) triangular at the base and tapering to a point.
[1800–10; < Latin cuneātus, past participle of cuneāre to wedge, become wedge-shaped, derivative of cuneus wedge]
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|Adj.||1.||cuneate - (of a leaf shape) narrowly triangular, wider at the apex and tapering toward the base|
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