PULVINARIA

pulvinar

[puhl-vahy-ner]
noun, plural pulvinaria [puhl-vuh-nair-ee-uh] .
1.
a.
a cushioned couch kept in readiness for any visitation of a god.
b.
a cushioned seat at a circus.
2.
Also called pulvinus. (on an Ionic capital) either of two convex forms having on their ends two of the volutes.
adjective
3.
pulvinate ( def 3 ).

Origin:
1590–1600; (noun) < Latin pulvīnar cushioned couch, equivalent to pulvīn(us) cushion + -ar, shortening of -āre, neuter of āris -ar1; (adj.) pulvin(us) + -ar1

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pulvinar pul·vi·nar (pŭl-vī'nər)
n.
The posterior extremity of the thalamus, forming a cushionlike prominence over the posterior aspect of the internal capsule.

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