cune-, cuneo-, cunei- +
(Latin: wedge, wedge shaped)
2. Usually a circular flat piece of metal stamped with its value as money.
3. Money in the form of coins rather than paper bills or checks.
4. To devise or to use a word or phrase that no one has used before; that is, to coin a phrase to coin a new word.
5. Etymology: from about 1300, "a wedge", from Old French coing (12th century), "a wedge, a stamp, a piece of money; a corner, an angle"; from Latin cuneus, "a wedge".
The die for stamping metal was wedge-shaped, and the English word came to mean "a thing stamped, a piece of money" by the late 14th century. The verb meaning "to coin money" is from the mid-14th century and "to coin a phrase", is from the late 16th century.
2. Being a character, or characters, formed by the arrangement of small wedge-shaped elements and used in ancient Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian writing.
3. A description of the clay tablets on which cuneiform script was written.
4. A description of any of three wedge-shaped bones of the ankle.
5. A wedge-shaped bone, especially one of three such bones in the tarsus of the foot.
2. An ancient wedge-shaped script formed by the arrangement of small wedge-shaped elements (letters) and used in ancient Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian writing.
3. Anatomy, relating to, or being a wedge-shaped bone or cartilage or relating to the tarsal bones (or other wedge-shaped bones).
2. Any of the stones used in forming such an angle, often being of large size and dressed or arranged so as to form a decorative contrast with the adjoining walls.
3. A stone block used to form a quoin, especially when it is different; such as, in size, texture, or material, from the other blocks or bricks that are used to build the wall.
4. Etymology: "a cornerstone", a variant of coin; originally, in other senses of that word, too, including "a wedge"; from Old French coing (12th century), "a wedge; stamp; piece of money; corner, angle"; from Latin cuneus, "a wedge".
The die for stamping metal was wedge-shaped, and the English word came to mean "thing stamped, a piece of money" by the late 14th century.
In Modern French, coin is "a corner, an angle", or "a nook" (interior angle formed between two meeting walls or a small corner or sheltered space).