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pulvinate

or pul·vi·nat·ed

[puhl-vuh-neyt or puhl-vuh-ney-tid]
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.
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Origin of pulvinate

1815–25; < Latin pulvīnātus cushioned, equivalent to pulvīn(us) cushion + -ātus -ate1
Related formspul·vi·nate·ly, adverbun·pul·vi·nate, adjectiveun·pul·vi·nat·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pulvinate

Historical Examples

  • The pileus is somewhat coriaceous, firm, pulvinate, villous.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

    M. E. Hard

  • Pulvinate: Surface the segment of a circle, but decidedly convex (Fig. 143, d).

  • Patouillard claims that Hypoxylon melanaspis has same spores and structure, and is the pulvinate form of Camillea Leprieurii.


British Dictionary definitions for pulvinate

pulvinate

pulvinated

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
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin pulvīnātus cushion-shaped
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