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 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, "Good Riddance to the Handshake," 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, "Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too: Here’s a Better Way to Bouquet," 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,, "What to do in your garden in July? Less is more," 6 July 2018 Florist’s Pink’ is the richest pink, opening up an entirely new color spectrum for pincushion lovers. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, "Go over the brink of pink with new variety of pincushion flower," 13 Apr. 2018 The Albanian section of the menu is brief and distinctly carnal, including smaller but still rugged qofte the size of pincushions, fat tubes of veal sausage (qebapa) and skinny links of beef (suxhuk) with a tickle of paprika. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "From a Pizza Oven in the Bronx, Albanian Specialties," 14 Sep. 2017 Artfully hung with Chinese silk pincushions and silk flowers designed by floral artist Katsuya Nishimori, this Christmas tree provides a focal point for a seasonal cocktail party and a family dinner. Sarah Yang, House Beautiful, "Top Pin of the Day: An Artful Christmas Tree," 25 Dec. 2013 Water drought-tolerant shrubs in the Protea family (Grevillea, pincushions, proteas, conebushes and others) once a week, just two or three gallons per plant each time. • Nan Sterman,, "Garden chores for August," 3 Aug. 2017 Toni Kiser, assistant director for collections management, said one of her favorite pieces is at the bottom right corner of the living room’s display cabinet: a statuette of Hitler bending over, with a pincushion as his rear end. Janet Mcconnaughey, The Seattle Times, "New National WWII Museum exhibit looks at fight on homefront," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of pincushion

1605, in the meaning defined above

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“Pincushion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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