Definitions

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

  • n. A soft, cushionlike pad on the foot of an insect, such as the housefly, by which it clings to a surface.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of the minute cushions on the feet of certain insects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the minute cushions on the feet of certain insects.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In entomology, a little process, like a cushion, pad, or sucker, between the clavi or claws of the apical or terminal tarsal joint of an insect's leg; a foot-pad.

Etymologies

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

Latin, short for pulvīnulus, diminutive of pulvīnus, cushion.

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Latin, a little cushion.

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  • (noun) - A small cushion or pillow. In surgery, a small olive-shaped mass of lint used for plugging deep wounds; diminutive of pulvinus, cushion. --Sydenham Society's Lexicon of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 1897

    February 7, 2018