Definition of pulvinate
1 : curved convexly or swelled a pulvinate frieze
2a : cushion-shaped b : having a pulvinus : pulvinar
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Origin and Etymology of pulvinate
Latin pulvinatus, from pulvinus cushion + -atus -ate, -ated
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