pincushion

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English[edit]

A pincushion.

Etymology[edit]

pin +‎ cushion

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Noun[edit]

pincushion (plural pincushions)

  1. A small device designed to receive sewing pins, usually pillow-like; more recently also magnetic.
  2. (colloquial) Someone who receives regular hypodermic needle injections.
    Insulin-dependant diabetics are human pincushions.
  3. Various plants resembling a pincushion:
    1. A flowering plant in genus Chaenactis.
    2. A flowering plant in genus Leucospermum.
    3. A flowering plant in genus Navarretia.
    4. A flowering plant in genus Scabiosa.
    5. Nertera granadensis, an ornamental plant.
    6. The pincushion cactus, genus Escobaria or Mammillaria.

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pincushion (third-person singular simple present pincushions, present participle pincushioning, simple past and past participle pincushioned)

  1. To multiply stick or jab, as with pins into a pincushion.
    The target was pincushioned with arrows.