[kwin-tuhp-lit, -too-plit, -tyoo-, kwin-too-plit, -tyoo-]
- any group or combination of five, especially of the same kind.
- quintuplets, five children or offspring born of one pregnancy.
- one of five such children or offspring.
- Music. a group of five notes of equal value performed in the time normally taken for four.
Origin of quintuplet
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Quintole, quintuplet—a group of five notes to be performed in the time ordinarily given to four notes of the same value.Music Notation and Terminology
Karl W. Gehrkens
- a group or set of five similar things
- one of five offspring born at one birthOften shortened to: quin
- music a group of five notes to be played in a time value of three, four, or some other value
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Word Origin and History for quintuplet
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quintuplet(kwĭn-tŭp′lĭt, -tōō′plĭt, kwĭn′tə-plĭt)
- One of five offspring born in a single birth.
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