an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.
Botany. an overlapping arrangement of five petals or leaves, in which two are interior, two are exterior, and one is partly interior and partly exterior.
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How to use quincunx in a sentence
Toward the tower Criere stood the orchard full of all fruit-trees, set and ranged in a quincunx.
I divide the city into different portions, and each day I visit another quincunx.
The four faces of this square axis are pierced with three round, equal, truly-bored holes, arranged in a quincunx.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines | Andrew Ure
The zone is covered with fine puncta in quincunx, not visible under ordinary illumination.The Diatomaceae of Philadelphia and Vicinity | Charles Sumner Boyer
Three of them enclose the orchard, which is planted quincunx-wise, with yew hedge and grass-walk all round it.Two Suffolk Friends | Francis Hindes Groome
British Dictionary definitions for quincunx
a group of five objects arranged in the shape of a rectangle with one at each of the four corners and the fifth in the centre
botany a quincuncial arrangement of sepals or petals in the bud
astrology an aspect of 150° between two planets
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