plural pulvilli
: a pad often covered with short hairs or an organ or process resembling or functioning like a cushion or sucker that occurs on an insect's foot between the claws of the last segment and often forms an adhesive organ

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, small cushion, diminutive of pulvinus cushion

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“Pulvillus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulvillus. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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