Pronunciation: (pul-vī'nur), [key]
—n., pl. pul•vi•nar•i•aPronunciation: (pul"vu-nâr'ē-u), [key]
1. (in ancient Rome)
a. a cushioned couch kept in readiness for any visitation of a god.
b. a cushioned seat at a circus.
2. Also called pulvinus. (on an Ionic capital) either of two convex forms having on their ends two of the volutes.
pulvinate (def. 3).
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