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  1. any of certain species of potentilla having leaves of five leaflets, as Potentilla canadensis.
  2. Virginia creeper.
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Origin of five-finger

before 1000; Middle English; Old English fīffingre
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Examples from the Web for five-finger

Historical Examples

  • It ran up and down about six octaves, to the tune of a five-finger exercise.

    Cupid's Middleman

    Edward B. Lent

  • To have the five-finger exercises of his irresistibility played on one.


    Elizabeth Bibesco

  • He may have an intuition of this, for he says quietly, "Now play me a scale and a five-finger exercise."

  • The Five-finger (Asterias rubens, L.) is a very numerous species on our coast and very destructive.

  • "The only fortune we shall ever have will come from five-finger land," laughed Hal good-naturedly.

British Dictionary definitions for five-finger


  1. any of various plants having five-petalled flowers or five lobed leaves, such as cinquefoil and Virginia creeper
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