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1Chiefly Botany and Entomology. Resembling a cushion in shape, moderately convex.
2Botany. Of a leaf or leaflet: having a pulvinus; = pulvinated.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Kaye Greville (1794–1866), botanist. From classical Latin pulvīnātus cushion-shaped, in scientific Latin also moderately convex from pulvīnus cushion + -ātus. Compare French pulviné furnished with cushions or pillows, (of the surface of a fruit) having ridges, cushion-shaped, moderately convex.
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