One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Botany. In certain lichens, especially ones of the genus Parmelia: any of a number of spongy, sometimes highly branched, outgrowths arising from the thallus. rare.
2Botany= pulvinule. rare.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Loudon (1783–1843), landscape gardener and horticultural writer. From scientific Latin pulvinulus from classical Latin pulvīnulus from pulvīnus cushion, pillow + -ulus.
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