[ puhl-vahy-ner ]
/ pʌlˈvaɪ nər /

noun, plural pul·vi·nar·i·a [puhl-vuh-nair-ee-uh] /ˌpʌl vəˈnɛər i ə/.

(in ancient Rome)
  1. a cushioned couch kept in readiness for any visitation of a god.
  2. a cushioned seat at a circus.
Also called pulvinus. (on an Ionic capital) either of two convex forms having on their ends two of the volutes.


Nearby words

  1. pulverise,
  2. pulverization,
  3. pulverize,
  4. pulverulent,
  5. pulvillus,
  6. pulvinate,
  7. pulvinus,
  8. puma,
  9. pumelo,
  10. pumice

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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Medicine definitions for pulvinar


[ pŭl-vīnər ]


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

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