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noun, plural pul·vi·nar·i·a [puhl-vuh-nair-ee-uh] /ˌpʌl vəˈnɛər i ə/.
  1. (in ancient Rome)
    1. a cushioned couch kept in readiness for any visitation of a god.
    2. a cushioned seat at a circus.
  2. Also called pulvinus. (on an Ionic capital) either of two convex forms having on their ends two of the volutes.
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  1. pulvinate(def 3).
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Origin of pulvinar

1590–1600; (noun) < Latin pulvīnar cushioned couch, equivalent to pulvīn(us) cushion + -ar, shortening of -āre, neuter of āris -ar1; (adj.) pulvin(us) + -ar1
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Examples from the Web for pulvinar

Historical Examples

  • But I do not approve of his witnessing the Circensian games from the Pulvinar.

    The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete

    C. Suetonius Tranquillus

  • And upon taking his wife again, after the divorce, he declared by proclamation, "that he had recalled her to his pulvinar."

pulvinar in Medicine


  1. The posterior extremity of the thalamus, forming a cushionlike prominence over the posterior aspect of the internal capsule.
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