Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Shaped like a cushion.
  • adj. Botany Having a swelling at the base. Used of a leafstalk.
  • adj. Architecture Having a convex face or profile: a pulvinated frieze.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Curved convexly or swelled.
  • adj. Having the form of a cushion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Curved convexly or swelled.
  • adj. Having the form of a cushion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pulvinar; cushiony; pillowy; pad-like.
  • In botany, cushion-shaped.
  • Also pulviniform.

Etymologies

Latin pulvīnātus, from pulvīnus, cushion.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin pulvinatus, from pulvinus ("a cushion, an elevation"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Their pulvinate bellies were red satin, and it was here that the needles pierced.
    —Zadie Smith, On Beauty

    Adjective of the Latin noun that also gave English 'pillow'.

    May 27, 2009