or pul·vi·nat·ed

[ puhl-vuh-neyt or puhl-vuh-ney-tid ]
/ ˈpʌl vəˌneɪt or ˈpʌl vəˌneɪ tɪd /


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.

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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British Dictionary definitions for pulvinate



/ (ˈpʌlvɪˌneɪt) /


architect (of a frieze) curved convexly; having a swelling
  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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