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pulvinate

or pulvinated

[puhl-vuh-neyt or puhl-vuh-ney-tid] /ˈpʌl vəˌneɪt or ˈpʌl vəˌneɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
having the shape of a cushion; resembling a cushion; cushion-shaped.
2.
having a pulvinus.
3.
Also, pulvinar. Architecture. (of a frieze or the like) having a convex surface from top to bottom.
Origin of pulvinate
1815-1825
1815-25; < Latin pulvīnātus cushioned, equivalent to pulvīn(us) cushion + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
pulvinately, adverb
unpulvinate, adjective
unpulvinated, adjective
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pulvinate

/ˈpʌlvɪˌneɪt/
adjective
1.
(architect) (of a frieze) curved convexly; having a swelling
2.
(botany)
  1. shaped like a cushion
  2. (of a leafstalk) having a pulvinus
Word Origin
C19: from Latin pulvīnātus cushion-shaped
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