[kwin-kuhn-shuh l, kwing-]
- consisting of, arranged, or formed like a quincunx or quincunxes.
- Botany. noting a five-ranked arrangement of leaves.
Origin of quincuncial
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Examples from the Web for quincuncial
Pores subregular, circular, gradually increasing in size, disposed in six to nine quincuncial alternating longitudinal rows.
Quincuncial forms and ordinations are also observable in animal figurations.The Works of Sir Thomas Browne
Scales on the back rounded, quincuncial, imbricate; those on the belly similar to those on the back and on the sides.Reptiles and Birds
Pores regular, circular, quincuncial, twice as broad as the bars.
Thorax nearly hemispherical, with regular, circular, quincuncial pores.
- consisting of or having the appearance of a quincunx
- (of the petals or sepals of a five-membered corolla or calyx in the bud) arranged so that two members overlap another two completely and the fifth overlaps on one margin and is itself overlapped on the other
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