pulvillus definition by Webster's New World
noun pl. pulvilli
Zool. a cushionlike part between the tarsal claws of many insects, as dipterans
Origin: Modern Latin ; from Classical Latin small cushion, contr. ; from pulvinulus, diminutive of pulvinus, cushion
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- pulvillar adjective
pulvillus definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. pul·vil·li
A soft, cushionlike pad on the foot of an insect, such as the housefly, by which it clings to a surface.
Origin: Latin, short for pulvīnulus, diminutive of pulvīnus, cushion.