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pincushion

[pin-koo sh-uh n] /ˈpɪnˌkʊʃ ən/
noun
1.
a small cushion into which pins are stuck until needed.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; pin + cushion
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British Dictionary definitions for pincushion

pincushion

/ˈpɪnˌkʊʃən/
noun
1.
a small well-padded cushion in which pins are stuck ready for use
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Word Origin and History for pincushion
n.

1630s, from pin (n.) + cushion (n.).

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