[ puhl-vahy-ner ]
/ pʌlˈvaɪ nər /
noun, plural pul·vi·nar·i·a [puhl-vuh-nair-ee-uh] /ˌpʌl vəˈnɛər i ə/.
(in ancient Rome)
- a cushioned couch kept in readiness for any visitation of a god.
- 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.
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Example sentences from the Web for pulvinar
And upon taking his wife again, after the divorce, he declared by proclamation, "that he had recalled her to his pulvinar."
But I do not approve of his witnessing the Circensian games from the Pulvinar.
Medical definitions for pulvinar
[ pŭl-vī′nər ]
The posterior extremity of the thalamus, forming a cushionlike prominence over the posterior aspect of the internal capsule.
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