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pulvinate

[ puhl-vuh-neyt ]
/ ˈpʌl vəˌneɪt /
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adjective

having the shape of a cushion; resembling a cushion; cushion-shaped.
having a pulvinus.
Also pulvinar .Architecture. (of a frieze or the like) having a convex surface from top to bottom.

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Also pul·vi·nat·ed [puhl-vuh-ney-tid] /ˈpʌl vəˌneɪ tɪd/ .

Origin of pulvinate

1815–25; <Latin pulvīnātus cushioned, equivalent to pulvīn(us) cushion + -ātus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM pulvinate

pul·vi·nate·ly, adverbun·pul·vi·nate, adjectiveun·pul·vi·nat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pulvinate

pulvinate

pulvinated

/ (ˈpʌlvɪˌneɪt) /

adjective

architect (of a frieze) curved convexly; having a swelling
botany
  1. shaped like a cushion
  2. (of a leafstalk) having a pulvinus

Word Origin for pulvinate

C19: from Latin pulvīnātus cushion-shaped
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