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Latin, a little cushion.


pulvillus (plural pulvilli)

  1. (zoology) One of the minute cushions on the feet of certain insects.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for pulvillus in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



pulvillus m (genitive pulvillī); second declension (Diminutive of: pulvinus)

  1. little pillow


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative pulvillus pulvillī
genitive pulvillī pulvillōrum
dative pulvillō pulvillīs
accusative pulvillum pulvillōs
ablative pulvillō pulvillīs
vocative pulville pulvillī


  • pulvillus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • pulvillus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “pulvillus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • pulvillus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • pulvillus in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray