pin·​cush·​ion | \ ˈpin-ˌku̇-shən How to pronounce pincushion (audio) \

Definition of pincushion

: a small cushion in which pins may be stuck ready for use

Examples of pincushion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The round pincushion flowers draw hummingbirds, butterflies and other fliers in late spring, then give way to fruits that feed birds. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 16 Apr. 2021 The person who sews in your life might appreciate a pincushion cactus (mammillaria crinita) while a budding zoologist might like panda plant (kalanchoe tomentosa), snake plant (sansevieria trifasciata) or zebra plant (haworthia fasciata). oregonlive, 31 Mar. 2021 These styles have a similar pincushion shape but, instead of spikes, have several holes on top for placing stems. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, 20 Mar. 2021 At night, the sky is incredibly clear, a pincushion studded with millions of stars. WSJ, 9 Mar. 2021 Fewer than ten thousand individuals remain worldwide of the Siler pincushion cactus, according to a 2006 survey that Wellard fears is now an overestimate. The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Oct. 2020 By the time she’s done, my palms are black and blue and look like a pincushion, with neat little rows of red dots. Amy Poeppel, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 Black / Brown Chocolate cosmos, pincushion plant, amaranth, fiddleheads, and agonis are all incredible together—a bit moody, yes, but not too somber. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 12 Feb. 2020 Warm, wet soil encourages Phytophthora and Fusarium wilt, two fungal diseases that kill plants, especially those in the Protea family such as Grevillea, pincushions (Leucospermum), conebushes (Leucadendron), Banksia, Protea, Hakea and others. Nan Sterman,, 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of pincushion

1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pincushion was in 1605

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English Language Learners Definition of pincushion

: a small bag filled with a soft material that pins and needles can be pushed into when they are not being used


pin·​cush·​ion | \ ˈpin-ˌku̇-shən How to pronounce pincushion (audio) \

Kids Definition of pincushion

: a small cushion in which pins may be stuck when not in use

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