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.

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